Binge Drinking

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Contrary to popular belief, MORE young adults choose NOT to binge drink.

A 2012 survey of Oregon young adults (ages 18 to 25) revealed that 70 percent of people in this age group DON’T BINGE DRINK.  According to the study, a large gap exists between young adult perceptions of peer binge drinking and the actual rates of their peers’ behavior.

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“Over 40% of young adults think that their peers engaged in binge drinking on three to five days out of the last 30 days. In reality, only 6.3% of young adults report binge drinking on three to five days in the last 30 days.” (2012 Survey of Oregon Young Adults, WYSAC).

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism defines binge drinking as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 grams percent or above.

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Binge drinking is associated with many health problems, including but not limited to:

  • Unintentional injuries (e.g., car crashes, falls, burns, drowning)
  • Intentional injuries (e.g., firearm injuries, sexual assault, domestic violence)
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Unintended pregnancy
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological damage

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