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Binge Drinking

CO rank (2010) CO value (2010) Best state (2010) Best state value (2010) HP 2020 target
27/50
17.7%
Tennessee
7.7%
NA

Indicator Definition
Percentage of adults (ages 18 to 64 years) who reported binge drinking (men having five or more drinks on one occasion, women having four or more) in the past month.

Adults who binge drink in Colorado3
Adults who binge drink in Colorado chart

 

 
Adults who binge drink by gender in Colorado4
Adults who binge drink by gender in Colorado chart

 

Indicator Significance
Approximately 80,000 Americans die annually due to excessive alcohol use, making it the third-leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Binge drinking is linked to numerous tragic side effects, including unintentional injuries, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, alcohol poisoning and liver failure. In addition, binge drinking has high economic and social costs, including violent behavior, child neglect and lost productivity in the workplace.1

Colorado Specifics
Close to one in five Coloradans ages 18 to 64 years report having engaged in binge drinking at least once in the past month. This is higher than the national average and places Colorado 27th among states. Similar to national data, in Colorado the adult binge drinking rate is nearly twice as high for men as for women. The binge drinking rate in Colorado has changed little since 2001, also reflecting national trends.

Promising Initiative
Healthy Workplace, a program funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to prevent at-risk employees from abusing alcohol or drugs. With components that target binge drinking, illegal drug use, prescription drug abuse and healthy living, Healthy Workplace attempts to educate participants about the consequences of substance use and provide them with tools to prevent addiction. Healthy Workplace classes are delivered in ways designed to help minimize stigmas associated with substance abuse recovery.

Healthy Workplace has been rigorously evaluated and is included in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration registry of evidence-based programs. In one study, Healthy Workplace participants achieved a 47 percent reduction in the number of drinks consumed in the past 30 days, as well as a 67 percent reduction in the number of days of heavy drinking during the same period. Other studies have shown similar results.2

Adults who binge drink5

Adults who binge drink by state chart

Color coding: Statistical tests were used to determine if the average for Colorado was significantly different than the averages for other states. States with a medium shade of orange had averages that were not statistically different from Colorado's average and states colored in a light shade of orange had averages that were statistically different from Colorado's average.


Text

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, "Fact Sheets: Binge Drinking," 2010.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, "Fact Sheets: Alcohol Use and Health," 2010.

  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Charts

  1. Source: Colorado Health Institute analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2003-2010.
  2. Source: Colorado Health Institute analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.
  3. Source: Colorado Health Institute analysis of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010.
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