Study Looks at New Way to Curb Binge Drinking among College Students, Teens
Binge drinking is defined by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is drinking alcoholic beverages in so much excess that one’s blood alcohol content (BAC) raises above 0.08. Binge drinkers are not alcohol dependent, however, and generally only drink during social events such as parties or in bars. The CDC Fact Sheet on binge drinking reveals that the problem has grown significantly in the United States over the past few years. Some of the most startling statistics include:
- 90% of the alcohol consumed by those under the age of 21 is from binge drinking.
- Binge drinkers are fourteen times more likely to engage in alcohol-impaired driving than non-binge drinkers.
- Males are more likely to binge drink than females.
- 51% of 18 to 20 year old drinkers frequently report binge drinking. This is the highest proportion among all age groups.