Latest Research On Binge Drinking: The Dangers
A new nationwide analysis of excessive alcohol consumption (binge drinking) was released with disturbing results. The death toll is found to be just slightly less than 88,000 deaths per year in the United States. The new study was published last week in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, and looked at the human cost of drinking in the US.
The common causes of binge drinking deaths being measured were drunk driving accidents, liver cirrhosis, and other alcohol-related causes of death (54 in all!).
The study defined binge drinking as five or more drinks of alcohol in a row for men, and four or more for women. Remember that the National Health Service (NHS) recommends not drinking more than 3-4 units of alcohol for men, and 2-3 units for women per day. A standard 175ml glass of wine is considered approximately 2 units. A pint of beer is about 2 units. A 25ml serving of hard alcohol (40% ABV) is about 1 unit.
71% of these deaths were contributed to men and 69% of these deaths involved working aged adults (20-64 years old). California’s alcohol related death rate was slightly above the average per state at 29.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.
Remember: Binge drinking is extremely dangerous. It is easy to unknowingly cross the line from casual to binge drinker. The loss in life, quality of life, and cost to the US for deaths related to alcohol use is great. Weigh the consequences and benefits before drinking, because although small to moderate alcohol consumption may be considered beneficial to your health, binge drinking can be life threatening. Make sure you know how much is too much. If you have questions, or need help, please contact a health professional.
Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
REF: LA Times “Death toll from alcohol tallied”