Trends in adult binge drinking in 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. They found that from 2011 to 2017, the total number of binge drinks consumed by U.S. adults who binge drink increased significantly, from 472 to 529 drinks per year. 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.