South Central Idaho has highest prevalence of binge drinking in state

Published: Mar. 10, 2017 at 5:16 PM MST
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Binge drinking is defined as the excessive amount of alcohol consumption in a short period of time.

“In one day I mean 24 hours, please keep it at four drinks or less,” said Dr. Steven Kohtz. “If a person can live by those rules, then you're going to be much safer.”

In Southern Idaho we have one of the worst incident rates of binge drinking in the entire state.

“We actually have studied this and have noted that moderate level drinking or less is healthier than above moderate level,” said Dr. Kohtz.

The difference between alcoholism and binge drinking is the frequency of the behavior.

Outside of social settings, majority of binge drinkers don't abuse alcohol.

“Most people who experience those negative consequences, will then stop because they've been harmed by it,” said Dr. Kohtz.

A recent CDC report shows that more than 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times a month.

“The hallmark of helping someone stop binge drinking is information and education,” said Dr. Kohtz.

With binge drinking comes risk of criminal punishment and also physical harm.

“Unfortunately people who binge drink are more likely to have non accidental injuries, so abuse, assault, getting in fights,” said Dr. Kohtz.

Dr. Kohtz tells us that many people enjoy the feeling of being buzzed or drunk so they actively seek it.

However there are other ways to have a good time.

“It's recognizing that the benefits of alcohol don't require someone to drink alcohol to be less inhibited to enjoy themselves with their friends,” said Dr. Kohtz.

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