Vice Squad
Monday, February 14, 2005
Boring States Lead in Binge Drinking

About 54 million people, 22.6% of the population nationwide, participated in binge drinking at least once during the past 30 days, the study estimated. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks in one sitting during the previous month. The percentage of people binge drinking far exceeds the national average in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
The preceding quote comes from this story in USA Today. The article employs SAMHSA's new state-by-state estimates of substance use and abuse based on the 2002 and 2003 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. The SAMHSA press release is here, and the report itself, which I haven't had a chance to look at yet, is here.

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