Skip to comments.CDC Report: Binge Drinking Rates in U.S. ‘Alarming’
Posted on 01/10/2012 5:46:26 PM PST by NYFreeper
Binge drinking rates in the U.S. are at a much higher rate than previously thought, according to a report released Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC found that more than 38 million Americans binge drink four times a monthconsuming an average of eight drinks each time.
And its not just young adults. Although it is more common between the ages of 18-34, those 65 and older reportedly binge drink more oftenfive to six times a month.
The frequency of binge drinking is higher in households with an income of $75,000 or more. But the disturbing data found that the highest number of drinks consumed per occasion is by people living just above or below the poverty line, with eight to nine drinks per occasion.
Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as consuming five or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women on a single occasion. Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, said he thinks it is disturbing that Americans are drinking nearly double the amount of what is already considered too much.
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After this primary season, I may just be joining them.
With Obama as president, I’m surprised the figures are so low.
The Russians had the answer to each dictator: get drunk and stay drunk.
I don’t drink anymore but 5 beers used to be just a sip before the real drinkin started.
True. In fact some of my friends have already begun!
With OBOMBA as pResident....no wonder!
The media is up your butt about everything. Don’t drink whole milk, eat only 3 oz of red meat for dinner, only eat wheat bread, don’t smell second hand smoke, use sunblock 365 days a year, drink a gallon of water a day, take supplements, don’t take supplements, drink coffee, don’t drink coffee, drink only green tea, drink black tea, don’t ever drink tea..... After this rant, I need a DRINK!
Ah, the joyous ramifications of the “hope and change” regime!
Is a day considered a single occasion?
Back in my, errr, ‘chemically enhanced’ days, eight drinks was not a binge - it was a normal thursday night...
A binge was when ya left work in Cleveland Friday afternoon, and woke up in a park in Topeka the following Tuesday....
An average of eight drinks at a time?? Oh my!
But the disturbing data found that the highest number of drinks consumed per occasion is by people living just above or below the poverty line, with eight to nine drinks per occasion.
Really?? The highest? The highest number of drinks consumed is precisely the average number of drinks consumed, or perhaps just one more than the average?? SHOCKING!!
This joint is starting to look more like the old Soviet Union with each passing day. Great job Barry!!!!!! Pass the Vodka comrade!
I’ll drink to that.
How can you play football after 5 beers? Three was always my limit before a game. Oh, and a shot or two at halftime so I didn’t have to listen to the coach rant and rave about the “bunch of drunks I have for a football team.”
Ummm Consuming 8 beers at one time is called “Getting Drunk” or in the Obama Presidency dealing with a bad situation. They sure wouldn’t understand the concept of Sippin’ Whiskey....
I don’t see a problem here (as I open another Shiner Bock)
In Russia they call those teetotalers.
Don’t play coy. It’s a problem only for singles. If you’re married...
You hit the nail on the head. I've always thought people drink as much as twice what they admit to. Add a little Obama and we have an alcoholic state.
“The frequency of binge drinking is higher in households with an income of $75,000 or more.”
How do they know? Is the gov tracking alcohol purchases via debit card purchases?
That is the usual conversion factor MD's use.
Why can these utter asses at the CDC do something that is actually meaningful in combatting emerging diseases?
Instead they built themselves a spa in Atlanta full of meditation rooms, quiet rooms, saunas, swimming pools.
The CDC is a painful hackerama joke from hell! They care about you about as much as they work.
That would be “Not at all”.
This country is turning into a Banana Republic replete with third world country diseases and the CDC is concerned about College kids doing what College kids have always done!
If the CDC wants to actually be useful why don’t they teach these public school morons to count “heads and names”.
That way at least they might remember not to be so Narcissitic and make sure their “friends” come home with them safely.
My friends and pals always made sure everyone got “home”.
These dweebs , The CDC and the Colleges are so freakin STOOPID!
Sorry for the rant!!!!
It’s “off” now!
The CDC establiched the criteria to create a problem not address it.
People who buy a bottle of wine for Saturday night dinner are now binge drinkers????
College kids are bad bingers since the drinking age is a ridiculous 21. They binge because they know they can’t get a beer or whatever later and sip on it. I believe there have been studies on this-I don’t know where- but the correlation between MAD forcing states to raise the drinking age and binge drinking amongst the younger set is there.
Something else that has been dumbed down, when I was young and dumb and drank, a six pack was just the warm up.
How does the CDC even know this information? What are they... some kind of summoner?!
5 drinks makes you a binge drinker??
one football game is about 2 hours long, or 120 minutes.
one light beer every 24 minutes??
what a load of useless crap designed to try and ‘nudge’ us into feeling guilty of something.
I used to drink a half of a bottle a day, but I’m over that now...way over.
Pedophilia and sexual abuse is alive and well in the USA, but is ignored.
the report is long but worth reading...
I’m slowing down a little.
We have been seeing stories lately about the dangers of drinking. Alcohol sales, despite the economy, are not failing. So I suspect that they are gearing up to hit Big Booze the way they hit Big Tobacco. Look for a big, big legal tsunami that will do nothing but line the pockets of lawyers.
This, of course, should lead us to wonder what the government definition of “occasion” is.
If it’s like the government definition of “serving”, which is way smaller than what any normal person regards as a serving, maybe an “occasion” in government-speak is a time interval of about half an hour and having four or five drinks in the space of a standard government “occasion” actually is a bad idea.
It’s so stupid. There is no attempt to account for personal differences. Some people can get bombed on 3 drinks while others can consume much more with not harmful effects.
I was a binge drinker before it was fashionable.
If Obama gets reelected I may need to consider taking up binge drinking....
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Blame the nanny state. Here in Canada the drinking age is 19 (18 in some provinces) and it’s legal for parents to serve alcohol to their underage children; the campus pub is a social centre and many of the kids I grew up with had wine with their dinner. Binge drinking has never been a problem here.
You’re right. I know my consumption of whiskey has gone up considerably during hussein’s occupation of the White House. I expect it to remain high through next January, with a spike around election time and on 1/20/13...
I just fell out of my chair laughing !!
And the dogs are looking funny at me........
Mission creep - is this really a case for the Centers for Disease Control??
>those 65 and older reportedly binge drink more oftenfive to six times a month.<
Did this start in November about 4 years ago?
I will always maintain that if you can handle your alcohol, you can pound down six or eight beers and drive, and be no danger to anyone. I have no idea how you can make the laws fair to those people though.
I literally drove drunk around 7000 times. No DUI’s or accidents. I never drank until I was falling down drunk though. I could drink beer to a point and then know I had to eat or I would puke if I had one more. Once I ate I was done for the night. I think that was really what kept me safe. It's definitely dangerous if you're one of those guys that can drink right up to passing out.
Obama drives me to drink.