White males with spare cash more likely to binge drink

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A study published in the April 3rd issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that white males with at least an annual household income of $50,000 commonly binge drink. The findings were part of a 14-state survey conducted by the CDC. Moreover the “Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System” (BRFSS) survey, conducted in 2004, found that men are more likely to binge drink than women (defined by this study as consuming five drinks one or more times in the previous month), with a prevalence of 24.3% versus 7.9%. Binge drinking may be just as bad as smoking and obesity; however, there have been less public health campaigns directed at binge drinking. The authors of the study suggested that the prevalence of binge drinking among moneyed white males may actually be reflective of the success of public health campaigns targeted at obesity and smoking, problems more common among low income groups. Click here to read an article from United Press International that discusses this issue more.

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