The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released a report on the number of binge drinkers in the United States and according to the agency it isn’t college students or young adults to partake in the most nights of binge drinking but rather grandma and grandpa.
According to the report binge drinking is most common among senior citizens which the group deems anyone 65 years and older.
The study also found that of those binge drinking seniors most are not alcohol dependent and the study found that more than half of adults who drink do so while binge drinking.
According to the CDC:
Binge drinking means men drinking 5 or more alcoholic drinks within a short period of time or women drinking 4 or more drinks within a short period of time.
The study also found that binge drinking is more likely to happen with people who make over $75,000 per year. Since many of today’s seniors with retirement plans have more acquired wealth then younger adults the statistic at least in part shows a correlation between the groups spending and drinking habits.
For senior citizens on a fixed income the study finds that drinkers who make less than $25,000 per year drink less often but when they do they tend to drink more in one sitting than higher income bracket binge drinkers.
The study was conducted to show the effects of binge drinking on the U.S. economy. According to the CDC binge drinking costs $746 per person each year, approximately $1.90 per drink. The CDC came to their cost analysis conclusion by including loss of productivity, health care costs and crime costs.
Are you surprised to learn that Grandma and Grandpa are partying like the good old college days with plenty of binge drinking to stoke their fire?