38M Indulged in Binge Drinking in '10

    FILE - In this Tuesday, June 29, 2004 file photo, a bartender serves two mugs of beer at a tavern in Montpelier, Vt. College-age drinkers average nine drinks when they get drunk, government health officials said Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. That surprising statistic is part of a new report highlighting the dangers of binge drinking, which usually means four to five drinks at a time. Overall, about 1 in 6 U.S. adults surveyed said they had binged on alcohol at least once in the previous month, though it was more than 1 in 4 for those ages 18 to 34. And that's likely an underestimate. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

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    That’s a lot of alcohol. Federal officials said that more than 38 million Americans—17.1 percent of the population and led by households with incomes above $75,000—engaged in binge drinking at least four times a month in 2010,. At 25 percent, Wisconsin had the highest number of binge drinkers as well as the “most-intense” sessions—meaning nine drinks on average. Binge drinking is defined as having four drinks in two hours for women, or five drinks for men.

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