Binge Drinking among Americans Up by over 17% from 05 to 12

Published By : 27 Apr 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

More and more Americans have been drinking heavily – whether it is knocking back artisanal cocktails at a bar or quaffing no-name beers at home on the couch – and resorting to endless episodes of binge drinking, states a recent study on the use of alcohol.

Based on findings by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, heavy drinking among Americans was up by 17.2 per cent from 2005 to 2012, mainly because of rising consumption rates among women. The study was published by the University of Washington in the American journal of Public Health on Thursday.

Heavy drinking, as per the definition given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is going beyond the average of one drink per day over the past one month in case of women and exceeding the average of two drinks per day in the case of men. Binge drinking, the CDC defines, is having five or more drinks in a singular occasion at least once over the past one month in case of men and four or more drinks in case of women. 

Researchers say that the rise in percentage of drinkers is largely driven by the changing drinking habits of women given the change in social norms. For instance, in California’s Santa Clara County, the rate of binge drinking among women was up by almost 36 per cent from 2002 to 2012. This rate was 23 per cent among men during the same period of time. 

Taking into consideration the whole country over 10 years, the rate of binge drinking among women was up by over seven times compared to the rate of binge drinking among men.
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