Binge drinking statistics can give a lot of insight on how it is easy for someone to lose control over their alcohol consumption. The statistics also show how binge drinking can develop from alcohol abuse into full blown alcoholism.
Binge drinking, commonly associated with teenagers and college student is a big problem that can lead to a dependency on alcohol. However, binge drinking is not only limited to these individuals. Many people who abuse alcohol go through binge drinking episodes, and for those who are severely addicted to alcohol, binge drinking is a daily occurrence. Today we’ve put together a few binge drinking statistics to help you understand binge drinking more.
Binge drinking is what we commonly call the process of someone drinking large quantities of alcohol in just a short period of time. This is extremely dangerous, since someone can consume more alcohol than their body can handle before they even begin to feel “drunk”. Many teenagers and college students often go to parties where binge drinking is encouraged through drinking games such as Asshole (a card game where one must drink based on the game), Beer pong, which involves tossing ping pong balls into cups of beer, and others.
Doing kegstands (where one stands upside down on top of a keg and drinks as much as they can before getting dizzy, sick, or losing their balance) is another way in the college and high school party atmosphere young people can drink more alcohol than their bodies can handle.
Here are some national binge drinking statistics according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
92% of U.S. adults who drink excessively participated in binge drinking in the last 30 days.
70% of binge drinking episodes are done by adults who are over the age of 25
Men are twice as likely to partake in binge drinking than women
Binge Drinkers are 14 times more likely to drive drunk than non-binge drinkers
90% of underage drinkers (21 years old or less) consume their alcohol in the form of binge drinking
It is estimated that 70% of college students on any given campus participate in binge drinking, while 42% of college students admit to binge drinking.
Approximately 1700 college students die each year from binge drinking related deaths
Alcohol is the third leading cause of death between people ages 15-24
1 in 5 college binge drinkers drink on a weekly basis, with 50% of all college binge drinkers participating in binge drinker more than once a week
College students who frequently binge drink are more likely to have lower GPA’s and excessive absences from school.
As you can see from these binge drinking statistics, binge drinking is a serious problem on college campuses as well as even for adults who currently drink. Factors such as drinking with others, low prices for drinks ($1 draft night for example), and self serving one alcohol can cause someone to drink excessively. One binge drinking statistic that stood out to us was that 70% of binge drinkers are over the age 25. This statistic shows that binge drinking is not only limited to high school or college student use. Binge drinkers over the age 25 who commonly drink more than they should are headed down a dangerous road of alcohol abuse which could ultimately lead to alcoholism.
If you or someone you know is falling into the habits of binge drinking on a regular basis, it is likely that the patterns for alcohol dependence are being formed. To learn more about alcoholism, visit our pages the signs of alcoholism, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, how to detox safely, and where to find help.
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