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Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008;34(6):801-9. doi: 10.1080/00952990802491571.

Binge drinking among California adults: results from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey.

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  • 1Department of Health Policy and Managment, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California 92354, USA. jbanta@llu.edu

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  • Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2009;35(3):203.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To calculate binge drinking rates among California adults and describe the characteristics of female and male binge drinkers.

METHOD:

Analyses of 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.

RESULTS:

At least one binge drinking episode over a 30-day period was reported by 1.4 million California women (10.7% of all adult women) and 3.2 million California men (24.7%). For both women and men, factors associated with binge drinking included being 18-44 years of age, smoking, and having mid-range psychological distress scores. There were gender differences in binge drinking risk by race/ethnicity and health status.

CONCLUSION:

Binge drinking is a serious public health concern that affects millions of adult Californians [corrected].

PMID:
19016186
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