Adults in the U.S. consumed more than 17 billion binge drinks in 2015, the latest year for which data are available. This is about 470 binge drinks per binge drinker, according to a first-of-its-kind study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Researchers found that 1 in 6, or 37 million, adults binge drink – defined as consuming five or more drinks for men, or four or more drinks for women, in about two hours – about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge.
Total binge drinks per binge drinker were substantially higher among those with lower educational levels (less than high school) and household incomes (less than $25,000 a year) than among those with higher educational levels and household incomes. About 4 in 5 total binge drinks were consumed by men.
Although binge drinking was more common among young adults (aged 18–34 years), half of the total binge drinks were consumed by adults aged ≥35 years.