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Heavy Drinking and Binge Drinking Rise Sharply in US Counties — PHI’s Alcohol Research Group Weighs In

Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States, conducted by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. PHI's Alcohol Research Group weighed in on the study's findings.

Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States. By contrast, the percentage of people who drink any alcohol has remained relatively unchanged over time, according to the latest research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Published in the American Journal of Public Health on April 23, the study “Drinking patterns in US counties from 2002 to 2012” is the first to track trends in alcohol use at the county level.

PHI’s Alcohol Research Group weighed in on the study’s findings, which was picked up by various media, including:


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