The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 38 million or one out of every six Americans have participated in binge drinking. In the Jan. 10 issue of the CDC journal Vital Signs researchers surveyed 458,000 Americans who were 18 and older, asking them how much they had to drink in the past 30 days. The age group with most binge drinkers is 18-34 years.
– CBS, January 12, 2012, www.CDC.gov/vitalsigns
In a previous study by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), researchers reported that 29.8% of those 12 and older reported binge drinking in the past month.
– National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2008-2009
According to the 2014 Louisiana Caring Communities Youth Survey in Bienville Parish:
Drinking large amounts of alcohol (four of five drinks) in a short period of time is known as binge drinking. In Weld County, many teens are daring each other to drink a lot at one time. They’re also playing drinking games. This is extremely dangerous, because it can result in alcohol poisoning.
It’s important for parents to have a conversation with their children about drinking games, binge drinking and the dangers of alcohol poisoning.