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Binge Drinking

| December 20, 2013
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Binge Drinking is defined as having 4 or more standard drinks (for women) and 5 or more standard drinks (for men) on a single occasion (2-3 hours).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Although college students commonly binge drink, 70% of binge drinking episodes involve adults age 26 and older,
  • Binge drinkers are 14 times more likely to report driving under the influence than non-binge drinkers, and
  • Almost 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the US is in the form of binge drinking.

Binge drinking is associated with:

  • Unintentional injuries (car crashes, falls, burns, drowning).
  • Intentional injuries (sexual assault, domestic violence, firearm injuries).
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Unintended pregnancies.
  • Alcohol poisoning.
  • Children born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Parents & Caring Adults: Learn more about what you can do.

References cited:

  1. 2010 Student Wellness Survey
  2. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (2003). Underage drinking: A major public health challenge. Available at URL: http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa59.htm
  3. Oregon Department of Human Services. (2009, September). Lane County’s epidemiological data on alcohol, drugs and mental health: 2000 to 2008. Salem: Author.
  4. (Oregon Department of Human Services. (2008). Oregon Healthy Teens Survey. Salem: DHS. Available at URL:http://www.dhs.state.or.us/dhs/ph/chs/youthsurvey/index.shtml

Additional references:

  • Dept of Transportation (US), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). (2008). Traffic safety facts 2006: Alcohol-impaired driving. Washington (DC): NHTSA. Available at URL: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810801.PDF
  • Council on Scientific Affairs, American Medical Association. (2005). The neurocognitive effects of alcohol on adolescents and college students. Preventive Medicine, 40(1), 23-32.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General. (2007, March). The Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. Retrieved fromhttp://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/underagedrinking/calltoaction.pdf
  • Oregon Department of Human Services. (2009, September). Lane County’s epidemiological data on alcohol, drugs and mental health: 2000 to 2008. Salem: Author.

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