7:45 p.m., June 29
Study Finds Increase In Binge Drinking
More and more people are binge drinking in San Diego County, says a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. The study found that adults are nearly doubling what is currently considered binge drinking. Instead of the four drinks in one sitting for women and five for men, drinkers in the county are averaging eight cocktails a night.
The study found that approximately 16 percent of adults in the county admitted to downing more than four drinks, four times a month.
The study also broke it down by tax brackets, finding that 20.2 percent of those earning more than $75,000 admitted to binge drinking while 16.2 percent of those making less than $25,000 went on benders. And yet, while wealthier adults were more prone to binging, those with lower incomes did so 4 times more than their wealthier counterparts.
“Binge drinking is a serious problem that can contribute to injury and disease,” stated Susan Bower, Director of Alcohol and Drug Services for the County Health and Human Services Agency, in a County press release. “Binge drinking can lead to motor vehicle crashes, violence, alcohol dependence, and suicide.”
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