CDC study: 1 in 6 adults binge drink

April 2, 2018 GMT

American adults consumed 17.5 billion binge drinks in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Researchers found 1 in 6 U.S. adults binge drink about once a week. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more alcoholic beverages for men and four or more drinks for women in a two-hour period.

“This study shows that binge drinkers are consuming a huge number of drinks per year, greatly increasing their chances of harming themselves and others,” Dr. Robert Brewer, a study co-author and lead researcher in the CDC’s alcohol program, said in a statement.


Large amounts of alcohol consumption can lead to heart disease, cancer and liver failure, the CDC said.

More than half of the binge drinks consumed during the study period were by adults 35 and older. Binge drinking is typically more common in young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Males tend to binge drink more than females, the study said.

Binge drinkers consumed the most alcohol in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Hawaii and the least in Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York and Washington state.

The CDC said 88,000 deaths are directly attributed to alcohol each year, and half of those are because of binge drinking. The CDC said if people want to consume alcohol, they should do so in moderation. For women, that is one drink a day, and for men, two.

For the report, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers analyzed data on self-reported binge drinking over the past 30 days.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer.