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IUPUI Researcher: CDC Stats Confirm Senior Binging Trend

The most common group to binge drink may sound surprising, but researchers say it makes sense.

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The most likely group to binge drink? Hint: It's not college students.

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine say baby boomers may be predictable binge drinkers as they continue to age.  That statement gels with new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which show seniors are the most common binge drinkers in the U.S.

Dr. David Crabb is Director of the Indiana Alcohol Resource Center at IUPUI and says the study clears up some previous misconceptions.

“The real take home message, I think, is not that there is a real upsurge in it,” Crabb says. “Stereotypes of older people not being heavy drinkers are probably wrong, and we have to keep in mind it could complicate social or medical problems. I think it is part of a cohort effect that you continue acting like you did at an earlier age as you get older.”

Crabb says the trend may stem from societal trends during the baby boomers’ youths, referring to them as the generation which attended Woodstock.

The study also confirms a dangerous trend among young adult binge drinkers, saying the most binge drinkers are aged 18-34.  The CDC says binge drinking is a factor in the deaths of 80,000 Americans each year.

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