Saturday, April 04, 2009

Who's Getting Hammered?

Sociodemographic Differences in Binge Drinking Among Adults --- 14 States, 2004

Binge drinking, defined in this study as consuming five or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion,* was responsible for 43,731 (54.9%) of the estimated 79,646 alcohol-attributable deaths each year in the United States during 2001--2005. Healthy People 2010 calls for reducing the prevalence of binge drinking among adults from the 16.6% baseline in 1998 to 6.0% (1). An overarching goal of Healthy People is to eliminate health disparities among different segments of the population.§ To assess binge drinking by sex, age group, race/ethnicity, education level, and income level, CDC analyzed data from an optional module of the 2004 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey, the most recent data available on binge drinking prevalence, frequency, and intensity (i.e., the number of drinks consumed per binge episode). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that the prevalence of binge drinking was more common among men (24.3%), persons aged 18--24 years (27.4%) and 25--34 years (24.4%), whites (17.5%), and persons with household incomes >$50,000 (17.4%)...

BrooklynDodger(s) comment: This post recognizes a Saturday night during March Madness. With Michigan State playing and winning. BRFSS frequently has the aspect of moral panic. However, in this case it's young white guys; upwards of a quarter of the dudes who report getting hammered report upwards of 4 (likely weekend) parties a month with upwards of 8 drinks. Who knows how CDC controls for underreporting? [Without revealing age, race or gender, the Dodger(s) would certainly shave the Dodger(s) report.] Probably these guys drive home (or to the next party) too fast and without their seatbelt.

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