Binge Drinking

Binge Drinking

NARRATOR: Today, more than half
of the alcohol consumed by adults in the U.S. occurs during a pattern
of behavior known as “binge drinking” — a risky behavior
that can lead to illness, injury, and even death. The National Institute
on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as “consumption that raises
blood-alcohol content to .08%,” the cut-off point
for driving while impaired in all 50 states. DR. BREWER: Binge drinking is
an extremely dangerous pattern of alcohol consumption, which is defined as four or more
drinks per occasion for a woman, five or more drinks per occasion
for a man. DR. JERNIGAN:
And we estimate that there are approximately
1.5 billion episodes of binge drinking in the U.S.
each year. NARRATOR:
Binge drinking literally
fuels dangerous behavior. Binge drinkers are 14 times more
likely to report driving drunk than non-binge drinkers. DR. JERNIGAN:
88% of impaired-driving events are caused by binge drinkers. DR. BREWER:
Binge drinking is associated with over half of the 79,000
alcohol-attributable deaths that we estimate occur
in the United States each year. NARRATOR: Though many doctors
consider binge drinking to be a dangerous
health behavior, many Americans think that binge
drinking is socially acceptable. DR. JERNIGAN:
Alcohol’s the most widely
available drug of intoxication in our society. NARRATOR: This dangerous pattern
of over-consumption contributes to illness,
injury, and death through car crashes, violence,
HIV/AIDS, and more. DR. BREWER: Binge drinking
is also associated with a wide range
of health and social problems, including unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, interpersonal violence, and the list goes on and on. NARRATOR: The truth is
that most binge drinkers are adults who drink too much
on occasion. DR. BREWER:
We estimate that about 70% of the 1.5 billion episodes
of binge drinking that occur in the United States
each year involve people
who are 26 years and older. DR. JERNIGAN: The majority of
problems, of alcohol problems, are caused by people who think that
they’re not problem drinkers. DR. BREWER:
There’s good scientific evidence that over 80% of binge drinkers are not alcohol-dependent
or alcoholics. NARRATOR: Unlike other high-risk
health behaviors, the risk of binge drinking goes
up with socio-economic status. DR. JERNIGAN:
In fact, binge drinkers most commonly make
more than $50,000 a year. Binge drinking is a problem
for individuals, but it’s a problem
that is engendered by community environments that
are supportive of this behavior. DR. BREWER:
We need to implement effective
community-based strategies to prevent binge drinking. DR. JERNIGAN: The single most
effective thing we could do to reduce binge drinking would be to increase
alcohol taxes. DR. BREWER: So, too, is reducing
the number of places where people can purchase
alcohol in a community. DR. JERNIGAN: Reducing
days and hours of sale is another important strategy. NARRATOR: Communities need
to create an environment that discourages underage
and binge drinking. DR. BREWER: We need to maintain
and also enforce the age-21
minimum legal drinking age. NARRATOR:
Armed with these strategies, communities can begin
to fight back against the proliferation
of alcohol outlets, advertising, and drink specials. DR. BREWER: We need to
de-normalize binge drinking as a pattern
of alcohol consumption. DR. JERNIGAN:
It is far too risky and harmful
a pattern of drinking. NARRATOR: Binge drinking — It’s a clear health threat
for the drinker and for society. Be responsible to your family,
your community, and yourself. Don’t binge drink.


  1. I suffered through this for about 7 years tryign to mask my "issues" gave up drinking and wrote a song about my struggles with it titled "I'm Sorry" check it out on my page I"m sure a lot can relate 🙂

  2. They DON'T argue for alcohol prohibition! Alcohol abuse causes more damage to society that any other "drug". Not only to the drinkers, but to others who become a casualty of the drinkers. Minimum unit price would have little affect on most people, but reduce binge-drinking on cheap booze. 🙂

  3. This is all subjective. They never defined occasion. Is that with in a day? Within a 4 hour period? No time frame was given…. Sitting at home drinking a 12 pack in an evening could give you AIDS, and make you pregnant, according to this video. "There is good scientific evidence that over 80% of binge drinkings are not alcohol dependent, or alcoholics." Yet no study is given. This is a propaganda piece.

  4. Way to sterotype genders and weights. I know 95 pound dudes and 200+ women! Plus how long is a "session"? An hour or 2 or 3 or more? Need clarification dude.

  5. Wow! The DENIAL in these comment is overwhelming. When Y'All get to your bottom, your point of wondering if it is better to be dead than to keep on living the way of The Booze, and are in search of another path to happiness, PLEASE remember Alcoholics Anonymous ( ) millions and millions of people have found their way out of this isolating and deadly hole with the Steps developed by Dr. Bob and Bill W. Laugh and denigrate my comment now, but please remember that many-many before you have turned to the Twelve Steps for help and recovered their sanity. Good luck and much love to you all. All AAs and derivative Twelve Steppers are watching out for you.

  6. I've drank a fifth a day for 20 years and never once saw a doctor. Some people just have more strength will power to be healthy, I guess.

  7. No wonder there are so many people binge drinking. You have set the bar ridiculously low. Those intake levels were considered quite normal for people when I was growing up, and throughout my adulthood.

  8. Now weed is even easier to get. You order it online through your province website and it come at your door the next day or 2. Or you can visit a cannabis store near you!

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