Binge Drinking Problem Increasing

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that American binge drinking is a problem that continues to intensify, especially among our affluent households. A recent report on CNBC, notes that nearly 17 percent of our U.S. population partakes in binge drinking four times in a month.

The average number of drinks per sitting reaches eight drinks. The CDC notes this is significantly higher than their definition of a binge drinker, which is five or more drinks per man or four drinks or more per woman, per sitting.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the average binge drinker makes more than $75,000 per year in household income. Co-author and leader of the CDC Alcohol Program, Dr. Robert Brewer notes that a possible reason for binge drinking in higher income households may be due to the fact that it is not looked at as a serious health issue or risk.

New York psychiatrist, Dr. Harold Selman says he treats some of the Big Apples' wealthiest individuals and many work in law and finance. He believes it's hard to know if people really are drinking more since he believes most tend to underreport the amount they actually drink. Selman says they may tell you they had only six drinks but he figures they truly had ten to 12.

The high rate of binge drinking among higher income households may also be linked to stressful job environments. Selman believes there is an overall increase in substance abuse and notes more people are taking opiates, prescription drugs and the other drugs pointing to more job stress and the troubling economy. This could be the case for binge drinking as well.

Posted on February 3rd, 2012
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