"After an alcohol-infused holiday season," many New Year's resolvers vowed to cut back on their drinking in January, says Carly Weeks in Canada's The Globe and Mail. Well, "a new report suggests many may want to cut back throughout the rest of the year as well." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a major report on Wednesday outlining the "alarming" amount of binge-drinking in America, and the numbers are, well, sobering. Here's a look:
Drinks needed in a two-hour sitting to qualify as a "binge" for a woman
Maximum daily alcoholic drinks the CDC recommends as a limit for women
Drinks needed in a two-hour sitting to qualify as a "binge" for a man
Maximum daily alcoholic drinks the CDC recommends as a limit for men
Drinks consumed in the average binge-drinking session in the U.S.
Percent of U.S. adults who binge-drank at least four times a month in 2010. (That's 38 million people.)
Binge sessions that the average U.S. binge-drinker engages in each month
Percent of 18- to 24-year-olds who binge drink
Drinks per average session for bingers in the 18-24 group
Binge sessions that the average 18- to 24-year-old binger engages in each month
Drinks per average session for bingers 65 and up
Binge sessions that the average 65+ binger engages in each month
Percent of Wisconsin adults who are binge drinkers, the highest rate in the nation
Percent of Utah adults who are binge drinkers, the lowest rate
Percent of U.S. adults earning $75,000 a year or more who binge drink
Percent of U.S. adults earning $25,000 a year or less who binge drink
Percent of all beer, wine, and liquor consumed in the U.S. that goes down during binge sessions
Percent of all beer, wine, and liquor consumed in the 18-24 age group that goes down during binge sessions
Percent of binge drinkers who fit the medical definition of alcoholism
Annual estimated cost of America's drinking problem, including medical expenses, crime, and lost productivity
Americans who die each year from drinking-fueled causes, including drunk-driving and suicide
Adults the CDC surveyed to reach its conclusions. "I know this sounds astounding, but I think the numbers we're reporting are really an underestimate," says the CDC's Dr. Robert Brewer.
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