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    Prominence of Binge Drinking and Those at Risk

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    a. Where is binge drinking most prominent?
    b. Who is at risk for binge drinking?

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    a. Where is binge drinking most prominent?

    What is binge drinking? There is much debate in the scientific community but it is generally accepted that a binge is five or more standard drinks in one sitting for males and four or more standard drinks in one sitting for females. Binge drinking has to do with how much you consume in one sitting/time period. So, if you go to the pub after work, leave at midnight and have 6 drinks over six hours; that is a binge. (It is still a binge if you drink in more than one place!) (http://www.forces.gc.ca/health/services/health_promotion/engraph/alcohol_BingeDrinking_e.asp). That's enough to impair judgment, impede coordination, remove inhibitions, cause slurring of words?and potentially put someone at risk of serious health or social consequences, lasting brain damage and even death (http://www.readersdigest.ca/mag/2005/09/drinking.php).

    Where is binge drinking most prominent?

    Growing national trend or not, the Midwest leads the nation for binge drinking. In a study of the 15 largest metropolitan areas in the nation, Chicago was crowned the king of booze when measured up against the largest 15 metropolitan areas in the nation. Specifically, according to a study released by the U.S Department of Health, more than a quarter of Chicagoans over the age of 12 fall into the category of binge drinking. That's more than any other city surveyed. Most Chicagoans NNN talked to agree 21- to 25-year-olds make up the largest proportion of boozers. (http://www.nnntv.org/viewstory.php?story_id_key=1302).

    Binge drinking is also prominent on university and college campuses in Canada and the United States. For example, four surveys of 120 U.S. campuses over the last decade found that 44 percent of students admitted to an episode of binge drinking in the two weeks prior to the survey, a rate that has remained unchanged for a decade. The 2000 Canadian Campus Survey found similar results, with 63 percent of students reporting ...

    Solution Summary

    Through research and statistics, this response identifies where binge drinking is most prominent and who is at risk for binge drinking. References provided.