Wisconsin Once Again Tops the List of States in Several Measures of Dangerous, Costly Drinking Patterns

By Richard L. Brown, MD, MPH

Binge drinking” refers to drinking above the recommended low-risk guidelines within a short period of time. Those limits are no more than four alcoholic drinks for men and no more than three alcoholic drinks for women. Data from the most recent nationwide survey ranks Wisconsin as the state with the highest percentage of adults who binge drink, with an estimated 25.6%. Wisconsin also came in highest for the average largest number of drinks within a short period of time among binge drinkers at nine drinks. For more about the risks to individuals and communities posed by misuse of alcohol, and effective strategies to address this problem, see the Center for Disease Control’s “Vital Signs” page on Binge Drinking.

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