Health Behaviors Adult binge drinking (percent)
|US Median: 16.3|
|1||Sutter, CA||9.7||5.6 - 16.4|
|2||Whitfield, GA||10.2||6.8 - 15.1|
|3||Franklin, WA||12.1||9.5 - 15.4|
|4||Yakima, WA||12.7||11.2 - 14.4|
|5||Merced, CA||13.0||9.4 - 17.7|
|6||Madera, CA||13.1||8.9 - 18.9|
|7||Kings, CA||13.5||9.1 - 19.6|
|8||Potter, TX||13.5||9.1 - 19.5|
|9||Yuma, AZ||13.8||11.9 - 15.9|
|10||Ector, TX||14.1||10.3 - 19.0|
|11||Imperial, CA||15.2||10.7 - 21.2|
|12||Hall, GA||15.3||10.5 - 21.8|
|13||Dona Ana, NM||15.4||13.6 - 17.3|
|14||Cumberland, NJ||16.1||13.8 - 18.8|
|15||Webb, TX||16.8||12.1 - 23.0|
|16||Dakota, NE||17.7||15.3 - 20.4|
|17||Yuba, CA||19.1||12.5 - 28.1|
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Excessive alcohol use, including underage drinking and binge drinking (drinking 5 or more drinks on an occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women), can lead to increased risk of health problems such as injuries, violence, liver diseases, and cancer. Approximately 80,000 deaths are attributed annually to excessive drinking. Excessive drinking is the third leading lifestyle-related cause of death in the United States.
CITATION: National Prevention Council, National Prevention Strategy, Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General, 2011. Available at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/prevention/strategy/report.pdf
Percent of adults 18 years and over that report binge drinking
Respondents aged >=18 years who report having 5 or more drinks (men) or 4 or more drinks (women) on one or more occasions during the previous 30 days.
Respondents ages 18 years and over who report having a specific number, including zero, of drinks during the previous 30 days (excluding unknowns and refusals).
Based on the question: "Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have [5 for men, 4 for women] or more drinks on an occasion?"
In 2011, two methodological refinements were made to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The first was to expand the sample to include data received from cell phone users. This change was made to reflect the population better. The second change was to modify the statistical method to weight BRFSS survey data. The new approach simultaneously adjusts survey respondent data to known proportions of demographics such as age, race and ethnicity, and gender. Prior to 2011, the weighting method was post stratification, while in 2011 it is raking. Raking is better able to account for more demographic characteristics and multiple sampling frames. Because of these changes, data collected in 2011 and later cannot be appropriately compared to previous data, although new results should better reflect the health status of the United States (seePrevention Quality Indicators (PQI) version 4.3 software).
In order to create multi-year estimates, two changes were made to the new data. First, respondents who only have cell phones were removed. Second, weights were created specifically for this purpose using the post stratification method. Those two changes make the 2011 data similar to the pre-2011 data and allowed multi-year estimates to be created, even though these estimates will not be as representative of the U.S. population as the single-year estimates using 2011 data without these changes.
The BRFSS estimates are age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. D34 standard population (age groups: 18-44, 45-54, 55-64, 65-74, 75+ )
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Accessed from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Health Indicators Warehouse.