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The 10 Heaviest Drinking Cities in America

And their opposites

(Newser) - Approximately 18% of US adults drink an unhealthy amount of alcohol, 24/7 Wall St. reports. That's considered more than four drinks for women and five drinks for men in one go, or eight drinks for women and 15 drinks for men per week. Knowing that alcohol, in one way... More »

OSU Students Binge-Drinking Before Fatal Lake Jump: Report

Including 22-year-old student who died after diving into shallow water

(Newser) - Numerous students were drinking heavily for hours before a traditional cold-weather lake jump last year during which an Ohio State University student died, according to newly released police records. The students included victim Austin Singletary, his friends, and many other students among the thousands who attended the jump into Mirror... More »

Find the Drunkest City in Your State

Dubuque, Iowa, is drunkest with 30.8% heavy or binge drinkers

(Newser) - This could be a helpful tool for those looking to party: Wall St. 24/7 has determined the drunkest city in each state, based on the percentage of adult residents who binge drink (consume four to five drinks per sitting) or are heavy drinkers (consume at least eight drinks per week... More »

Stats About Binge Drinking While Pregnant Surprise Researchers

CDC study finds 1 in 33 do so, multiple times a month

(Newser) - One in 10 pregnant women admit to imbibing alcohol and—even more worrisome for health officials—one in 33 admit to binge drinking in the past month, according to a report published by the CDC. "Any alcohol use during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of birth defects... More »

There Is One Proven Way to Prevent a Hangover

Neither water nor fatty foods appear to make a difference

(Newser) - Bad news for those who like to imbibe copious amounts of alcohol. The only proven way to prevent a hangover is to, well, imbibe smaller amounts of alcohol. Researchers tested various hangover "cures" on 826 Dutch students and found that neither drinking water nor eating fatty foods will "... More »

Here's Where You'll Find the Most Binge Drinking in US

Heavy-drinking women have made an impact on the numbers

(Newser) - Even though the percentage of people who drink alcohol doesn't seem to be going up, binge drinking is, and the lead author of a recent study on the subject has uncovered two facts he finds "alarming": In many US counties, 25% of residents or more are binge drinkers,... More »

Why Drinking in a Big Group Could Get You Drunker

Researchers survey young people as the drinks are coming

(Newser) - Big group hitting the bars tonight? You're likely to guzzle more booze, especially if you're a man, a study published in Addiction finds. Swiss researchers had young adults complete surveys on their smartphones during "real-life" drinking situations, according to a news release at Eureka Alert—specifically, they... More »

Surprise: Worst Binge Drinkers Are Middle-Aged White Guys

They are the ones who die the most as a result, says CDC

(Newser) - If most people were asked to name the demographic mostly likely to die from alcohol poisoning after binge drinking, it's a safe bet that "college students" would be at the top of the list. As it turns out, the correct answer is middle-aged white men, reports ABC News... More »

Binge Drinking Does a Number on Immune System

Immune system slows down a few hours after 'peak intoxication'

(Newser) - If you're set on doing some heavy pouring to ring in the new year, you've probably already resigned yourself to a recovery hangover tomorrow. But binge drinking—defined by the CDC as having five or more drinks in two hours if you're a guy, four or more... More »

Study: Heavy Drinkers Are Rarely Alcoholics

Only 1 in 10 excessive drinkers meets the definition of alcoholism

(Newser) - Frequently drinking too much booze does not mean you're an alcoholic. In fact, it means that only rarely. A new study by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration finds that 1 in 3 American adults meet the definition of heavy drinking—for men, having... More »

Binge Drinking Makes You Cool, Briefly: Study

Heavy drinking indicates a higher peer group status: study

(Newser) - Want to be the center of your social circle? You might have to hit the bottle. A new study notes men and women who engage in heavy drinking more frequently hold higher positions of power within their friend groups. The study—focused on 357 young adults headed to bars in... More »

Vodka Killing Huge Numbers of Russian Men

Binge-drinking behind alarmingly high early death rate

(Newser) - Russian men who down large amounts of vodka—and too many do—have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says. Researchers who tracked about 151,000 Russian men from 1999 to 2010 found that the risk of dying before age 55 for those who... More »

Stop Telling Women Not to Drink; Tell Men Not to Rape

Emily Yoffe column slammed as victim blaming

(Newser) - Slate columnist Emily Yoffe is taking a lot of heat for yesterday's column imploring women not to get wasted, lest they "end up being raped," with other writers pointing out that it smacks of victim blaming. (You can read our summary of the original here .) Here'... More »

Women, Please Stop Getting Wasted

It's one way to cut down on sexual assault: Emily Yoffe

(Newser) - Yet again, with "Daisy's case" in Maryville , a familiar storyline has played out: A young woman was allegedly raped after getting drunk. There's no arguing with the facts, writes Emily Yoffe in Slate : Alcohol and sexual assault are inextricably linked. One study found that more than 80%... More »

Confirmed: People Lie About How Much They Drink

... a lot, at least in Britain, says study

(Newser) - People in Britain are drinking a lot more alcohol than they care to admit, say researchers at the London's University College. They compared the amounts that people say they drink with actual alcohol sales and found that about 40% of the booze sold is mysteriously unaccounted for, reports the... More »

About 1 in 5 Young Women Binge Drink

CDC says problem is too often overlooked

(Newser) - The CDC today released new stats on binge drinking among women, calling it an under-appreciated problem that often begins in high school. For CDC purposes, binge drinking for females is defined as having more than four glasses in one sitting. Some stats passed along via USA Today , CNN , and Medscape... More »

Even Moderate Boozing Bad for the Brain

Study: One or two drinks a day could affect ability to learn new things

(Newser) - Binge drinking bad, moderate drinking OK, right? Wrong, say scientists at Rutgers. They exposed lab rats to an all-you-can-drink diet, spiking some of the liquid with alcohol, and then looked at their motor skills and brain function over two weeks. Even though the rats maintained a blood-alcohol level of .08%,... More »

Debate Drinking Games Inspire ... Debate

Is drinking during the presidential debates harmless fun or dangerous behavior?

(Newser) - If you're hungover from last night's debate, pop a couple Asprin before reading this story. Debate drinking games are all the rage, and NPR takes a lighthearted look at the, erm, debate over the trend. There are myriad websites (like this and this ) where you can find... More »

Binge-Drinking College Kids Are Happier

Study finds drinking is associated with social status

(Newser) - Well, this certainly won't help convince any college students to cut down on their boozing: A new study finds that those who binge drink are happier with their social lives than those who don't—and suggests that drinking in college may be more motivated by social factors than... More »

Loud Music Linked to Risky Behaviors

Increased likelihood of smoking pot, drinking: Study

(Newser) - Just like your parents always feared, listening to loud music may actually be bad for you. A new study finds that teens and young adults who use ear buds to listen to music at the "risky" level of 89 dBA for at least an hour each day were nearly... More »

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