More than 38 million adults in the U.S. binge drink alcohol about four times a month, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report finds. The activity is more common among younger people, but older people who binge drink do it more often. The average highest number of drinks consumed at a time is eight.
The Vital Signs report released Tuesday defines binge drinking as having four or more drinks (for women) or five or more drinks (for men) on one occasion. Men and women 18 to 34 comprise the group with the most binge drinkers, but those 65 and older do it more frequently, about five to six times a month on average.
Researchers also broke down binge drinking by income, finding that the activity is more common among those with a household yearly income of $75,000 or more. But those who make less than $25,000 a year consume the highest number of drinks at a time, about eight to nine on average.
Areas in the country where binge drinking is more common include New England, Hawaii, the Midwest, Washington, D.C., and Alaska. The report also found that more than half the alcohol adults drink is consumed while binge drinking. Among young people it's 90%.