New report shows binge drinking is on the rise

A new report from the CDC shows a dramatic increase in binge drinking among Americans. Dr. Jennifer Ashton will break it down and explain the unique risks.
1:34 | 01/17/20

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Now to that headline about a dramatic increase in binge drinking across the U.S. Finding people who are binging are drinking even more potentially facing serious health risks. What does the CD report say. This is continued focus from a public health perspective. They did a deep dive on it, the who, what, when and where, definition, the definition of binge drinking is for men consuming five or more drinks in a single occasion. For women, four or more. Over the six, seven-year period, the trend across the country went up slightly. When you looked at the amount of alcohol, the number of drinks consumed by people who binge drink take a look. It went from 472 over the course of a year to 529. This is per binge drinker so the amount, the quantity is going up dramatically. Is it the amount or is it the time thaw drink? That's the important question. We have to understand that consuming seven drinks in a single occasion is very different than consuming one drink a day over seven days. So if you look at the effects in a short-term acute period there can be memory blackouts, accidents, fall, burns, motor vehicle accidents, even homicide, increase in risky behavior like sexual behavior and acute tissue damage mostly to the liver. This is a significant issue and so our radar is up to take a look at it. People need to know how serious this is. Yeah, take that self-aware ins is really key. That's it. All right, Jen, thank you. Going into the weekend as well. Thank you, doc.

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