According to an article I read this morning in Prevention Magazine, "more than 38 million adults binge drink and average of four times per month". While 18 to 34 year olds are more likely to go overboard, it's actually the over 65 set that does it most often. According to this article "overindulging in alcohol is responsible for more than 80,000 deaths in this country per year, and this is the third leading cause of preventable deaths".
"How much alcohol means you're overdoing it? For women, binge drinking means having four or more drinks in a short period of time, compared to five or more for men".
"Alcohol is also a factor in approximately 60 percent of fatal burn injuries and drownings, 40 percent of fatal falls and car accidents, and half of all sexual assaults according to the National Institute on Alcohol And Alcoholism (NIAAA)"
"If your family, friends, or co-workers have hinted (of flat out vocalized) that they are worried about you, it's time to cut back" If you question whether or not your use of alcohol is causing problems in your life the chances are excellent that they are and perhaps it's time to address this serious problem.