1 in 4 Young adults and high school students binge drinking

Posted by Christi Reynard email

HEALTHWISE (FOX19) - A new report out by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in four US high school students and young adults engaged in binge drinking in the past month.

CDC researchers analyzed data from more than 400, 000 adults between the ages of 18 and 34, and 16, 000 high school students who self-reported on their drinking habits.

They found men were more than twice as likely as women to over-indulge in alcoholic beverages.

And binge drinking -- defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over a few short hours -- was more common among whites than African Americans.

Also, the report says among high school students who do drink 60-percent are binge drinkers.

Excessive drinking, including binge drinking, kills nearly 80-thousand people in the united states each year.

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