Iowa Substance Abuse Brief; Alcohol: Binge Drinking, May 2009, Issue 2

(2009) Iowa Substance Abuse Brief; Alcohol: Binge Drinking, May 2009, Issue 2. Drug Control Policy, Office of

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Abstract

Binge drinking by Iowans is a serious problem. Binge drinking is commonly defined as five or more drinks of alcohol on the same occasion for men and four or more for women. The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) estimated that 11% (approximately 28,000) of Iowans 12-17 years of age and 51% (approximately 177,000) of Iowans ages 18-25 had engaged in binge drinking during the past month. Favorable community and peer norms about alcohol use and easy access both contribute to this problem. Consequences of binge drinking can be immediate, like alcohol poisoning or injury, or much more delayed such as an increased risk for stroke or alcoholism. In either case the results can be severe.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Substance Abuse, Drinking, Binge Drinking
Subjects: Public Safety and consumer protection
Health and medicine > Diseases > Alcohol and drug abuse
ID Code: 9232
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2010 20:01
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2010 20:01
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/9232

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