1 in 6 Americans binge drink weekly: Most knock back 7 drinks each per sitting - to reach a national total of 17 BILLION downed beverages a year

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More than 37 million Americans binge drink each week - knocking back a total of 17.5 billion drinks a year, according to the CDC's first-ever report on excessive drinking habits.

The report, published on Friday, found one in six adults in the US are binge drinkers, each consuming an average of seven beverages per session, or 470 per year.

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Binge drinking is considered to be the deadliest form of alcohol abuse that is responsible for more than half of the 88,000 alcohol-related deaths each year and shortens life expectancy by 30 years on average.

Reflecting on the stark figures, the lead researcher said he believes understanding week-to-week binge drinking habits could be a far more effective starting point for creating measures to curb preventable deaths from alcohol.

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'The findings show the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to prevent binge drinking, focusing on reducing both the number of times people binge drink and the amount they drink when they binge,' study co-author Dr Robert Brewer, a lead researcher in the CDC's alcohol program, said.

The CDC's study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine is focused specifically on self-reported binge drinking in a 30-day period in 2015.

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Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks in a two-hour period for women and five or more for men.

The immediate effects of alcohol can result in dangerous driving, risky sexual behavior, and violent behavior.

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In the long term, excessive alcohol consumption takes its toll on the body's organs and increases the risk of serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, dementia and liver failure.

Research has shown that binge drinking one night a week is substantially worse than consuming the one or two drinks on a daily basis that may be...
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