While it comes as no surprise to the regularly hungover scribes inside the Seattle Weekly newsroom, Seattle has an affinity for binge drinking. As Gene Balk of the Seattle Times highlights this morning, according to a recent CDC report, the Seattle area ranks 18th among the 50 largest metros in the U.S. for the percentage of drunks people who report binge drinking in the last 30 days. In the Northwest, among areas the CDC polls, Seattle ranks number one - coming in drunker than Spokane, the 'Couv or - gasp! - even Tacoma.
For those playing at home, under the parameters of the CDC study binge drinking constitutes five or more drinks for a man in about two hours, and four or more drinks for a woman.
As Balk notes of our drunken ways in the Seattle Times:
... according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, 16.9 percent of adults in the Seattle metro area say they have binged* on alcohol in the past 30 days. That pencils out to about 340,000 people from King or Snohomish counties who've gone on a bender in the past month.
Nationally, the study produced some interesting, alcohol-soaked tidbits. For instance:
- One in six U.S. adults binge drinks about four times a month, consuming about eight drinks per binge.
- Binge drinking is more common among those with household incomes of $75,000 or more than among those with lower incomes.
- Although college students commonly binge drink, 70% of binge drinking episodes involve adults age 26 years and older.
- More than half of the alcohol consumed by adults in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.