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PHOM Indicator Profile Report of Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking

Why Is This Important?

'''''Binge drinking''''' is the most common pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States and those who binge drink tend to do so frequently and with high intensity. According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, excessive alcohol use is responsible for '''88,000 deaths in the United States''' each year, including 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years.^1^ Estimates also suggest that over '''700 Utahns''' die from alcohol-attributable causes each year and Utah is ranked seventh in the nation for alcohol poisoning deaths.^2^ Excessive alcohol use is also associated with many health and social harms, including '''liver cirrhosis, certain cancers, unintentional injuries, violence and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder'''. Excessive drinking cost the United States $249 billion in 2010.^3^ In 2014, the cost of excessive alcohol use in Utah was estimated to be $1.2 billion.^4^[[br]][[br]] ---- #Preventing Chronic Disease, 2014, Contribution of excessive alcohol consumption to deaths and years of potential life lost in the United States #Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application, 2013. Available at [] #American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 2010, National and State Costs of Excessive Alcohol Consumption #Utah Department of Public Safety, Alcohol Abuse Tracking Committee, 2016 Report

Binge Drinking in the Past 30 Days, Utah and U.S., 2009-2016

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Prevalence of Binge Drinking Among Adults, BRFSS, United States, 2010

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The figure above shows the age-adjusted prevalence of binge drinking among adults in the United States during 2010, as determined from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System combined landline and cellular telephone developmental dataset. Overall, states with the highest age-adjusted prevalence of adult binge drinking were in the Midwest and New England, and included the District of Columbia, Alaska, and Hawaii. The Utah 2010 age-adjusted prevalence of binge drinking was 10.9 percent, placing it among the states with the lowest rates.

Data Sources

  • Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
  • U.S. Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Division of Behavioral Surveillance, CDC Office of Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Data Notes

Items to note regarding the data: * U.S. data are the average value for all states and the District of Columbia; they do not include U.S. territories. * The rates shown in the data table and on the line graph are crude rates, not age-adjusted, given that the Healthy People 2020 Objective is based on crude rates. * Rates shown on the U.S. map are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Census standard population. * Starting in 2006, the definition of binge drinking changed to consuming five or more drinks on an occasion for men, or four or more drinks on an occasion for women one or more times during the past 30 days. From 1989-2005, binge drinking on the BRFSS was defined as consuming five or more drinks of alcohol on an occasion one or more times during the past 30 days for both males and females. [[br]]

Risk Factors

People experiencing poor mental health are more likely to drink excessively.

How Are We Doing?

Using data from both landline and cell phones in 2016, it was estimated that '''12.5%''' (crude rate) of Utah adults binge drank at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey. Utah is '''well below the Healthy People 2020 objective of 24.4%''' for this measure.

What Is Being Done?

The Utah Department of Health [ Violence and Injury Prevention Program] receives funding from the [ Alcohol Program at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)] for a full-time alcohol epidemiologist. With this additional capacity at the UDOH, it is now possible to conduct more monitoring and surveillance of excessive alcohol use and related harms. The [ Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health] is the agency responsible for ensuring that substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment services are available statewide. The Division also acts as a resource by providing general information, research, and statistics to the public regarding substances of abuse and mental health services.

Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past 30 days--adults aged 18 years and older

U.S. Target: 24.4 percent

Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 10/24/2017

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Content updated: Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:23:26 MST