St. Patrick’s Day weekend is a time to consider the consequences of binge drinking. Binge drinking is defined as the consumption of five or more alcoholic drinks by a man, or four by a woman, during one sitting.

Dr. Lamar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says there are consequences. “We can see secondarily, in looking at statistics that have to do with injuries, motor vehicle crashes, and then even indirectly looking at sexually transmitted diseases and some of the poor decision making that can happen as a result of binge drinking or being intoxicated. We can see that reflected in some of those rates as well,” he said.


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The Centers for Disease Control finds the Midwest to be the nation’s binge drinking belt, and Illinois has a high rate in particular – 20 percent of the adults surveyed had engaged in binge drinking in the 30 days prior to the study.

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