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Prevalence of binge drinking by state

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January 24, 2022
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Prevalence of binge drinking by state

While having an occasional drink may seem harmless, there are undoubtedly consequences for drinking heavily. According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol consumption over time can lead to chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, liver disease, cancer, and has even accounted for 95,000 deaths a year in the U.S.

The Community Preventive Services Task Force, an independent, nonfederal group of public health and prevention experts, has suggested several strategies for preventing excessive drinking. Some of these suggestions include raised alcohol taxation, regulating the number of alcohol outlets and availability, and enforcing laws preventing alcohol sales to minors.

Citing data released by the CDC in October 2021 based on a May 2018 survey, Zinnia Health identified rates of binge drinking across the U.S. Binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks on one occasion for women and five or more for men. The research only surveyed people who binge drank in the past 30 days. The CDC definition does not encompass what qualifies as binge drinking for trans or nonbinary individuals.

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Alabama

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 8.4
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.8

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Alaska

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.6
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.6

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Arizona

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3

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Arkansas

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.8

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California

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.5

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Colorado

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.4

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Connecticut

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.8
- Median number of drinks: 5.2
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.3

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Washington D.C.

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 6.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.2
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.4

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Delaware

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3
- Median number of drinks: 5.3
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3

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Florida

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.1

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Georgia

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.7
- Median number of drinks: 5.3
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.5

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Hawaii

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 13.3

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Idaho

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 2
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.5
- Median number of drinks: 5.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 13.1

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Illinois

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.7
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14

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Indiana

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.1

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Iowa

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.5
- Median number of drinks: 5.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.9

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Kansas

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 8.6
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.5

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Kentucky

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 13.7

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Louisiana

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 2
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3

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Maine

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.3
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.2

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Maryland

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.3
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10

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Massachusetts

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.2

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Michigan

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.7

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Minnesota

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3

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Mississippi

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 2.1
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.8
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.6

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Missouri

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.7

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Montana

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.4

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Nebraska

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.4

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Nevada

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.4
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.2

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New Hampshire

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.2

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New Jersey

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: Estimates considered unreliable
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.2
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.7

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New Mexico

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.4
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 13.1

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New York

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.7
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11

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North Carolina

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.7
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.5

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North Dakota

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 8.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.1

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Ohio

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 12
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.8

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Oklahoma

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.3
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.5

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Oregon

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.6
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9

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Pennsylvania

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.5

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Rhode Island

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 8.5
- Median number of drinks: 5.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.7

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South Carolina

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.4
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.7

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South Dakota

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 7.8
- Median number of drinks: 5.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.6

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Tennessee

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.8

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Texas

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.7

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Utah

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.4

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Vermont

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.9
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.5
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.6

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Virginia

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.6
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.8
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.3

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Washington

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.2
- Median number of drinks: 5.3
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.9

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West Virginia

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.8
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 15.2
- Median number of drinks: 6.4
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 14.6

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Wisconsin

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.7
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 9.1
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.8

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Wyoming

- Median times respondents binge drank in the past month: 1.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 10.4
- Median number of drinks: 5.5
--- Among top 10% of binge drinkers: 11.6

This story originally appeared on Zinnia Health and was produced and distributed in partnership with Stacker Studio.

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