More than 17 percent of American adults binge-drink at least once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks when they do, according to new research in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
And half of all binge-drinks are consumed by people over age 35.
Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, within a two-hour period. A “drink” is defined as a shot of hard liquor, a 5-ounce glass of wine, or a 12-ounce glass of beer with 5% alcohol.
Binge-drinking is more common among men, people with lower educational levels, and people with lower income.
The states with the highest rates of binge-drinking are Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Hawaii.
The study is significant because binge-drinking can be a predictor of future alcohol use disorder, and awareness of binge-drinking can lead to earlier intervention.