Binge Drinking Statistics

binge drinking statistics
Binge drinking is considered when men have more than 5 drinks in one sitting and girls have more than four drinks in one sitting. The statistics for binge drinking are scary. Binge drinking is most common in high school and college years typically age 15- 24.
  • In fact, nearly 51% of all college males have binged drank and nearly 40% of all female students have done it also.
  • All in all, nearly 42% of all college students have reported that they binge drink.
  • Statistics also show that on nearly any college campus, 70% of the student body participates in binge drinking. That is more than half of the student body.
  •  Out of the 70% of the student body nearly half of them binge more than once a week.
  • Nearly half of the college binge drinkers have five or more alcohol-related problems on campus. They may be caught by campus security, partake in vandalism or other destructive activities.
It is very common that the majority of binge drinkers are students under the age of 21 and are members of a fraternity or a sorority. College students say that the reason they binge drink is because of peer pressure, social status, to have a good time and because of academic stress. Almost 50% of all binge drinkers drink heavily just so they can get drunk.

Teenage Binge Drinking Statistics 

teenage binge drinking statistics

  • Nearly 1400 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from binge drinking.
  • The NIAAA estimates that there are nearly 500,000 injuries, 600,000 assaults, and nearly 40,000 cases of unprotected sex as a result of binge drinking.
  • Almost  2.1 million college binge drinkers drive drunk.
  • Academically, nearly 1/3 of binge drinkers fall behind in their school work due to drinking.
  • College students combined spend nearly 5.5 billion dollars on alcohol a year and an individual student usually spends close to $500 a year on alcohol. This a not a good place to spend all of your money when you’re a broke college student.

High School Student Stats

The statistics for high school students are even more troublesome and worse than college students.

  • Almost 89% of high school senior have admitted to trying alcohol at least once, and out of that 89% nearly 30% go on to be binge drinkers.

Binge drinking in high school is usually a strong indicator of who will binge drink in college. Alcohol is the third leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15-24. These statistics as scary but they are are real numbers. Most of the college binge drinkers go on and end up as alcoholics years later. Parents send their children off to college to educate them, so they can go on to lead successive lives. More parents need to talk to their kids before sending them away to school. Wasting money and sending a kid to school to become and alcoholic is not what any parent wants.

Binge Drinking Long Term Effects

There is a very large number of dangers involved when binge drinking. Health-Related Binge Drinking statistics can be alarming. The most common health problems have found to be associated with binge drinking:

effects of binge drinking on body

  • Alcohol poisoning.
  • Liver disease.
  • High blood pressure, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.
  • Neurological damage.
  • Cirrhosis of the Liver.
  • Infection and Chronic Inflammation.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Unintentional pregnancy.
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
  • Unintentional injuries.
  • Intentional injuries.

Damages Nervous System and Destroys Brain Cells

Different parts of the brain are more sensitive to alcohol than other parts. Alcohol is a toxin that causes damage to the transmission of nerve impulses in the brain and nervous system. Chronic alcohol abuse can cause organ damage that manifests itself both physically, psychologically in the behavior of persons affected.

binge drinking effects

Physically alcohol shows through loss of balance, impotence numbness of the feet and hands, tremor and blindness/ blurred vision.

Psychologically and behaviorally alcohol effects by the loss of intellectual abilities, impaired ability to learn and in mental confusion.
Alcohol abuse causes a condition called delirium tremors, which the person will experience mental confusion, extreme excitement, anxiety, trembling, rapid pulse and hallucinations.

Cirrhosis of the Liver

Alcoholism and alcohol abuse causes damage to the liver. If the damage is severe it is known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can lead to liver failures, such as liver cancer and death.

Infection and Chronic Inflammation

Alcohol abuse causes inflammation of the stomach and the digestive system, which leads to ulcerations. Perforation of the stomach and intestines is a very life-threatening issue. Inflammation of the digestive system means that the food is not properly digested or absorbed.
Inflammation and infections are associated for many reasons such as;  poor diet, malnutrition, lifestyle changes, accidents and self neglect. Diseases include: pneumonia, kidney and urinary tract infections, kidney failure and pancreatitis.


Alcohol abuse can cause vitamin deficiency is due to the inability to absorb vitamins or a lack of various vitamins. Wernicke’s disease and Korsakoff’s syndrome are characterized as memory disorders  that are caused by a deficiency of vitamin B1, also called thiamine.

Cardiovascular Problems

Excessive drinking can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage your heart muscle and cardiovascular system, putting you at an increased risk of heart failure or stroke.

Sexual Problems

Alcohol abuse has been known to cause erectile dysfunction problems that are very common with men.


People who are alcoholics or heavy drinkers have been linked to having a higher risk of cancer in the esophagus, larynx, colon and the liver.

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