Stay Healthy During the Holidays: Avoid Binge Drinking
|Wednesday, 07 December 2011|
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
During the holiday season and throughout the year, individuals can put themselves, their family, and their community in danger of experiencing many harmful health and safety outcomes from binge drinking. The holiday season is a time to spend with friends and family, enjoy festive meals, and celebrate the joy of the New Year. However, when too much alcohol is in the mix, the celebration can be over before it even starts.
Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks on a single occasion for men or four or more drinks on a single occasion for women, is a dangerous behavior. Drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes more than 79,000 deaths in the U.S. each year and is a leading preventable cause of death. More than 15 percent of U.S. adults report binge drinking. It is most common in men, adults in the 18-34 age range, and people with household incomes of $75,000 or more. Most people who binge drink are not alcohol-dependent or alcoholics and often engage in this behavior without realizing the health and social problems of their drinking.
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