American Adults Consume 17.5 Billion Drinks a Year, CDC Reports


Moderate alcohol consumption of one or two drinks a day can be helpful for your brain, but binge drinking can have a totally opposite effect, and that's bad because many Americans fall in this category.

According to the CDC's study, about a sixth of USA adults binge drink about once per week, consuming approximately 470 drinks annually per person, or seven drinks per binge on average.

The highest number was in Arkansas, at 841; followed by MS, at 831; then Kentucky; then Hawaii, at 611. As estimated by researchers, the Washington, D.C., at 316, proved to be having the lowest number. In a recent analysis of CDC data, North Dakota was found to be the state with the highest prevalence of excessive alcohol drinking, which considered both binge and heavy drinking.

That's 1 in 10 deaths in working-age adults - and more than half are related to binge drinking. The study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. North Dakota was the highest on that measure, at 128 drinks.

With the above figures in mind, CDC researcher Brewer said that there are several strategies that officials can utilize in order to curb the problem of binge drinking.

Binge drinking is when any woman has four or more drinks and any man has five or more drinks in a short period of time.

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The CDC survey found that people in the country consume over 17 billion drinks annually during binges - and this is excluding the volume of alcohol drunk on regular occasions, Forbes reports.

The respondents reported an average of 53 binge-drinking episodes a year, downing an average of 7 drinks per episode.

Binge drinkers consumed the most alcohol in Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Hawaii, and the least in Washington, DC; New Jersey, New York, and Washington State. He said that US officials could increase alcohol taxes, restrict the number of days or hours in which establishments can sell alcohol, hold businesses culpable for illegally serving underage or intoxicated customer, and place limits on the number of outlets that could sell alcohol in a given location.

The federal Preventive Services Task Force also recommends alcohol screening and brief intervention by health providers during routine care, the agency said.

Binge drinking, typically associated with college culture, means to consume a large quantity of alcohol within a short span of time which brings the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08% or above.

The government recommends that if people use alcohol, it be used in moderation, meaning up to one drink per day for adult women and up to two drinks per day for men, the CDC said.