(HealthDay News) -- Binge drinking occurs when the number of
alcoholic drinks consumed in a short period raises a person's blood
alcohol level to 0.08 grams percent or above, according to the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This works out to consuming in two hours about five drinks for
the average man and four drinks for the average woman, the agency
The CDC cites these dangers of binge drinking:
- Increased risk of car accidents, burns, drowning and
- Increased risk of involvement in assault, domestic violence or
other forms of intentional injury.
- Increased risk of alcohol poisoning, and having a child with
fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Increased risk of getting pregnant unintentionally or
contracting a sexually transmitted disease.
- Increased risk of cardiovascular disease, liver disease and
- Increased risk of poorly managed diabetes.
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