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Study finds many engage in binge drinking

Posted On Wed, October 6, 2010

The ramifications of binge drinking can be serious, especially if one already has serious health conditions such as high blood pressure. Despite this, research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that 25 percent of those under the age of 34 have engaged in the practice.

Bing drinking is defined as more than four drinks in a row for women and five for men.

CDC alcohol program leader and report author Dr. Robert Brewer says that while those who engage in binge drinking may not become an alcoholic, health ramifications can still emerge.

"Although most binge drinkers are not alcohol-dependent or alcoholics, they often engage in this high risk behavior without realizing the health and social problems of their drinking," says Brewer. "States and communities need to consider further strategies to create an environment that discourages binge drinking."

Those who consistently drink too much alcohol can develop serious health problems over time. Some ailments include liver and heart disease and stroke. Such conditions can also result in higher medical bills and life insurance premiums.

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