It’s getting tougher and tougher for drinkers in the U.S. to control how much alcohol they’re consuming. Excessive binge drinking used to be associated mainly with college students and underage drinkers, but times are changing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) one in six adults binge drinks at least four times per month.
Binge drinking is defined by how much alcohol a person consumes in a two-hour period. For women, three-four drinks is considered binge drinking, and five drinks in two hours meets the criteria for a man. Perhaps the biggest problem with it is that many adults who engage in it do not meet the criteria for alcoholism and may act as though they have no problem at all.
However, research has shown that binge drinking can increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and liver failure. Despite the dangers, many binge drinkers don’t feel the need to change their behavior and consider it apart of having fun and unwinding. Excessive drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.