Heavy and binge drinking have been a growing trend in the U.S., according to a new study that has estimated drinking rates.
At a national level, heavy drinking, which is considered an average of more than one drink a day for women and two for men over the previous month, rose 17.2 percent from 2005 to 2012.
Binge drinking, which is when women consume four or more drinks, or men five or more drinks, during a single period at least once the previous month, rose by nearly 9 percent during the same period. Women are engaging in binge drinking more, with an increase of 17.5 percent, compared to men at just 4.9 percent from 2005 to 2012.
When comparing consumption rates by counties, the researchers found even larger disparities.
In terms of the lowest and highest levels, only 2.4 percent of people in Hancock County, Tennessee, were considered heavy drinkers compared to 22.4 percent in Esmeralda County, Nevada.
For binge drinking, Madison County, Idaho, came in the lowest at 5.9 percent and Menominee, Wisconsin, topped the list at 36 percent.
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