32m Americans engage in extreme binge-drinking

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 18:16:58
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32m Americans engage in extreme binge-drinking

32m Americans engage in extreme binge-drinking
Almost 32 million US adults admit to extreme binge-drinking at least once in the past year, meaning they consumed eight to 10 alcoholic beverages -- or more -- in a single sitting, US government scientists said.

The study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that instances of extreme binge-drinking from 2012-2013 were up significantly from a decade earlier.

Binge-drinking is defined as having four or more drinks on an occasion for women, or five or more for men, according to a global media report.

Extreme binge-drinking means imbibing at least twice that amount.

Using US government health surveys, researchers found that 39 per cent of adult males and 27 per cent of adult females reported "level one" binge-drinking during the previous year, meaning four to seven drinks for women, or five to nine drinks for men.

Among men, 11 per cent reported "level two" binge-drinking, meaning they consumed 10-14 drinks on a single occasion.

Seven per cent of men reported drinking "level three" bingeing, or 15 or more drinks in one sitting.

For women, five per cent reported drinking double the binge-drinking threshold -- or between eight and 11 drinks in a sitting -- and three per cent reported drinking 12 or more at least once in the past year.
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