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Trends in adult binge drinking across the United States

Binge drinking is a serious public health problem that can lead to devastating consequences. Researchers wanted to see how the amount and pattern of binge drinking among U.S. adults had changed in recent years by analyzing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, looking at 2011 to 2017 data. In addition to other results, they found that binge drinking rates among adults ages 20 to 64 years decreased from 18.9 percent in 2011 to 18.0 percent in 2017. However, they also found that the average number of drinks increased for those who did binge drink across all demographics. The paper, “Trends in Total Binge Drinks per Adult Who Reported Binge Drinking—United States, 2011–2017, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.