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Binge drinking is a problem nationally, study says

Colton Shone
March 19, 2018 07:43 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Binge drinking is certainly no joke, and a new report shows it's happening a lot across the country. During a binge, adults in the U.S. drink 17 billion drinks a year.


Binge drinking is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a couple different ways -- more than five drinks for men in a two-hour period and four drinks in a two-hour period for women. 

The CDC's latest study shows here in New Mexico more than 82 million binge drinks are consumed every year. Those who were on a binge had 425 drinks a year.

"I haven't done it before. I mean I've known a couple people who have and it's definitely not a healthy lifestyle but there's not much I can do about it," said Albuquerque resident Emily Huffer.

It's more common among 18- to 34-year-olds.

"Yeah, in my younger days, I suppose. I don't drink so much anymore. In high school, college, early days. I was binge drinking all the time. I think most people probably experience it at some point," said resident Clayton Salberg.

The study suggests binge drinkers aren't necessarily alcoholics but it could lead to that down the line.

"Any number of things from family factors, to they just grew up with it, they just develop a culture of drinking," said Pastor Mike Gomez, who runs the detox clinic U-Turn For Christ NM.

Gomez has seen a 25 percent increase in people wanting help to beat the bottle the last couple of years. He says it's a tough battle.

"Even in our own program, sometimes a person who comes into do a two-month program with us, one out of two will be successful," he said.

U.S. guidelines recommend that if adults do drink alcohol, moderation is key. That's up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.


Colton Shone

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