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February 15, 2017

High intensity drinking rates highest among college students

image of a variety of alcoholic beveragesIn the annual Monitoring the Future survey, about 24% of 19 and 20 year olds report drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks on a single occasion in the last 2 weeks. High intensity drinking is defined as 10 or more drinks on a single occasion: about 10% of respondents said they drank 10 or more alcoholic drinks and 4% said they had 15 or more drinks. “For many people, the definition of binge drinking & five or more drinks during a single occasion & didn’t really resonate as problematic,” said Megan Patrick. “By reporting rates of high-intensity drinking, which is a more severe and rarer behavior, it may be possible to help college administrators boost the effectiveness of their campaigns.”

Story in The University Record
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