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Binge Drinking—Especially by Wealthy—Is Surging in US
CNBC.com | January 20, 2012 | 01:28 PM EST

Binge drinking by Americans is much higher than originally thought—especially among the more affluent households, a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control finds.

About 17 percent of the US population—or 38 million Americas—binge drink at least four times a month, the CDS says. The average number of drinks during each sitting is eight.

That’s way higher than the CDC’s definition of binge drinker, which is five or more alcoholic beverages for a man in one sitting and at least four drinks for a woman.

According to the CDC, binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes exceeding $75,000 a year.

“One possible reason why binge drinking is more common among people with higher incomes is that it is not yet widely recognized as a serious health risk,” said Dr. Robert Brewer, the Leader of the CDC Alcohol Program and a co-author of the report. “If it were, we would expect people with a higher socioeconomic status to be among the first to avoid binge drinking, as is generally the case with other risk behaviors, like smoking and obesity.”

Got that? The doctors figure you are out there getting wasted because you don't know it's bad for you.

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