A new study using data from the Centers for Disease Control is revealing some shocking information about Midwestern youth.

18 to 24 Year Olds Are Doing This More Frequently

Analysis of the data was done by HelpAdvisor and revealed that all U.S. states except for showed an increase in self-identified binge drinking by younger adults.

Rates of binge drinking more than doubled in 11 states during the 3-year survey period, and young adults increased their binge drinking by nearly 60 percent from 2019 to 2021.

A male having five or more drinks or a female having four or more drinks on one occasion (within approximately two hours), is considered binge drinking.

This Midwestern State is 2nd for Increase in Young Adult Binge Drinking.

Data from the CDC compiled by HelpAdvisor has Iowa with the second biggest spike in young adult binge drinking, up by 211 percent over the past 3 years. Just in 2021, 30.3 percent of Iowans admitted to binge drinking.

Wisconsin wasn't far behind with a 130 percent increase in binge drinking over the 3 year survey period, and 25.3 percent increase in 2021

Indiana had a 94 percent increase in binge drinking among 18-24 year olds from 2019 to 2021.

What Increase in Young Adult Binge Drinking Happened in Illinois?

23.4 percent of young adults in Illinois say they binge drink, and there's been 32.5 percent increase in 3 years.

Rhode Island had the highest increase in binge drinking over the 3 year survey period, up more than 241 percent.

Health Risks from Binge Drinking according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Motor vehicle crashes
  • Falls
  • Burns
  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, strokes, heart disease and liver disease
  • Cancers in the breasts, liver, colon, rectum, mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus
  • Sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies
  • Miscarriages, stillbirths, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and sudden infant death syndrome
  • Violence, sexual assault and suicide
  • Memory and learning problems

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