Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Binge-drinking: it's not just for frat-boys anymore

The way things are going, retirement centers will soon resemble Animal House.

Okay, maybe it won't be that bad -- but there's no question baby-boomers are drinking more than the generation before them. And in an article in The Los Angeles Times, Melissa Healy reports the following statistics on binge-drinking (i.e. consuming five or more servings of alcohol at one sitting.
  • College students who binge-drink: 41.7%
  • Men between the ages of 50 and 64 who binge-drink: 23%
  • Women between the ages of 50 and 64 who binge-drink: 9%
  • Men age 65 and older who binge-drink: 14%
  • Women age 65 and older who binge-drink: 3%
  • Baby-boomers whose drinking "exceeds moderation": 67%
One last statistic -- this one from today's Oregonian: 10% of all binge-drinkers report driving after their last bout of drinking.

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