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Binge alcohol drinking among youths by age group in United States

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Definition and Source



Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks (for males) or four or more drinks (for females) on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days. In 2015, the definition for females changed from five to four drinks.

Data Source

Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. State Estimates of Substance Use from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health were accessed online.


A 95 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at  Binge alcohol drinking among youths by age group.

Last Updated

September 2018