Let’s Have A Drink. But Just One!

So I’m a guy who likes to have a few beverages. I’ve been over served and I’ve over served myself. However I don’t remember setting out to simply get blasted although again I’m thinking it did happen, but the term binge drinking gives me a whole different reason to pause. A different connotation. Binge drinking is the practice of consuming large quantities of alcohol in a single session, usually defined as five or more drinks at one time for a man, or four or more drinks at one time for a woman. About 90% of the alcohol consumed by youth under the age of 21 in the United States is in the form of binge drinks.

People around the world are increasingly bending their elbows. Between 1990 and 2017, per capita adult alcohol consumption increased by nearly 0.7  quarts to 6.9 quarts annually, new research indicates. The number is predicted to reach 8 quarts by 2030. By 2030, then, half of the world’s adults will drink (up from 45% in 1990), while 40% will abstain (down from 46% in 1990),  Additionally, 23% of adults will binge drink at least once a month, compared with just 18.5% who did so in 1990. Binge drinkers are those who consume four standard drinks  or more in one sitting at least once a month.  Even one drink can be a stroke risk. “Alcohol use has been increasing … and alcohol use will seemingly continue to increase, despite the knowledge about consequence,” “This is clearly different than tobacco.” Alcohol consumption is known to cause or contribute to many diseases, including cancers, heart disease and diabetes. It can also lead to disability or death from both disease and injuries. The new study measured per capita alcohol consumption in 189 countries between 1990 and 2017. Before 1990, most alcohol was consumed in high-income countries, and the highest levels were reported in Europe. However, this pattern has changed substantially over time. Alcohol use decreased in most European countries between 2010 and 2017. Significant increases in per-capita alcohol consumption were recorded in southeast Asian and western Pacific countries between 2010 and 2017.  Compared with Europe and Asia, shifts in alcohol trends appear modest in the United States. Meanwhile, some South American nations reported decreases in adult per capita consumption between 2010 and 2017. Most notably, Peru recorded a 24% decline from 8 liters (8.5 quarts) to 6.1 liters (6.4 quarts).

Moving forward, the volume of alcohol consumed is projected to grow faster than the number of people who drink. Specifically, the researchers expect a 17.8% increase in volume around the globe, while those imbibing are expected to increase by just 5% between 2018 and 2030.

Additionally, the prevalence of binge drinking is projected to swell over time, reaching 23% in 2030, up from 20% in 2017. This growing proportion of bingeing will increase the amount of alcohol-related disease.

 Americans are experiencing a stagnation or even slight decline in their life expectancy.
“Alcohol plays a role there,”. Implementing alcohol control policies, then, might increase how long people live in the United States, “where a majority uses alcohol, and where the level of consumption is markedly above the global average!”
Another Round? Maybe Not!!


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