About 18% of Delaware residents age 18 and older are "binge" drinkers. They have five or more drinks on one occasion, one or more times a month.
Dietary guidelines recommend that adults who drink alcohol should drink in moderation (no more than two drinks a day), and only when drinking doesn't put them – or anyone else – at risk. Excessive drinking can contribute to unintentional and intentional injuries, weight gain, heart disease, some types of cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, and other health problems.
Binge drinking, or "acute drinking episodes," are significantly more common among men – especially men in the 18 to 24 age group.
Prevalence of Binge Drinking
By Age and Gender
Source: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2002.
Chronic or long-term heavy drinking is defined by the BRFSS as more than 60 drinks a month for men, or more than 30 drinks a month for women.
|Risk Factor||State||Kent||New Castle||Sussex|
|Chronic Heavy Drinking: Women||7.9%||5.5%||8.6%||7.6%|
|Chronic Heavy Drinking: Men||10.3%||6.5%||11.5%||9.3%|
|Drinking and Driving||2.4%||1.7%||2.4%||3%|
Source: Delaware Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2002.