Binge drinking rates remain steady

Nov 15, 2010

Binge drinking can be dangerous

Excessive alcohol consumption is a serious problem that can lead to a variety of social and health issues. In some cases, the medical conditions can be so serious that people may also receive higher life insurance premiums as a result.

Despite this, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 25 percent of high school students and young adults have engaged in binge drinking within the past month. The CDC defines the behavior as four drinks for women and five for men within one sitting.

CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden says there are several ramifications that may result from engaging in the behavior.

"Binge drinking, increases many health risks, including fatal car crashes, contracting a sexually transmitted disease, dating violence, and drug overdoses," says Frieden. "Excessive alcohol use remains the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States and leads to a wide range of health and social problems."

Furthermore, research released earlier this year from the American Heart Association found that men who engaged in binge drinking and also had high blood pressure were at an increased risk of having a heart-related death.

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