New study finds increased number of deaths caused by binge drinking in the US
Alcohol consumption and smoking cigarettes remain two of the leading causes of deaths among Americans with the latter killing above 480,000 people every year. According to a report published on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there was a considerable increase in the number of binge drinks taken annually between 2011 to 2017 in the US.
“Each year, excessive drinking accounts for one in 10 deaths among U.S. adults aged 20–64 years,” the report said. The report specifies binge drinking as consuming five or more drinks for males and four or more drinks for females on a single event. There was a 12% rise in the average number of binge drinks consumed within this period which increased from 472 to 529. There was a general increase in binge drinking patterns in both the sexes within this period. Adults with lower annual income levels (less than $25,000) and lower education level (less than high school diploma,) were found more prone to binge drinking.
The figure is even larger than the number of deaths caused by the use of illegal drugs, including opioids, which killed close to 70,000 people in the same year. “The finding that the total number of binge drinks consumed per U.S. adult who reported binge drinking increased significantly among those with lower education and income levels is also consistent with a recent study that found the majority of persons reporting prescription opioid misuse also are adults who reported binge drinking,” said the report.
According to another new study published on Wednesday in the scientific journal ‘Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,’ alcohol-related deaths have increased more than double in the last two decades. Data collected from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that there were above 73,000 alcohol-related deaths in the US in the year 2017.