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Report Highlights Habits of Binge Drinkers in U.S.

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Report Highlights Habits of Binge Drinkers in U.S.

Binge drinking is a known habit among certain individuals and research continues to support the assumption that this habit can be life threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the most common group to engage in binge drinking activities is the wealthier American sect.

According to this BusinessWeek report, Americans who earn a minimum of $50,000 per year are more likely to engage in binge drinking. College graduates are also more likely to binge than those who do not hold a high school diploma.

These findings are based on 2007 estimates (and the most recent available) that are part of the first report on American’s health disparities released by the CDC. The study found that white males, ages 18- to 24-years-old are more likely to go binge drinking.

Interestingly, the characteristics of groups that are prone to binge drinking actually contrast with other health risks, which are found to be more prevalent among ethnic and racial minorities, as well as among people with lower education and income. The report also found that infants born to black women are 1.5 to 3 times more likely to die in the first year than those born to women of other ethnicities.

The study authors also indicated that binge drinking could be more common in higher-income groups simply because it has not been widely recognized as a health risk or subjected to intense prevention efforts.

The research also revealed that lower-income individuals report they have fewer healthy days per month; men are more likely to die in car crashes than women; and poorer and less-educated people are more likely to smoke.