Wisconsin needs to reduce alcohol consumption


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published new data on the binge drinking and overall alcohol consumption. It shows that Wisconsin is one of the most affected states in USA. The data shows that roughly 25% of adult residents binge drink at least once a months. This data is confirmed by high overall alcohol consumption in Wisconsin.

According to CDC binge drinking is defined as four or more drinks for woman or five drinks for man “during a short period of time”.

The drink is defined as as 0.6 fl oz or 14 grams of pure spirit (ethanol). It corresponds to:

  • 12 ounces of regular beer, which is usually about 5% alcohol
  • 5 ounces of wine, which is typically about 12% alcohol
  • 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, which is about 40% alcohol

So to consider yourself binge drinking you have to dedicate a “short period of time” to consumption of 48 Ounces = 1.4195 liters (for women) or 60 Ounces = 1.7744 liters for men. It means that a woman who drinks four standard beverage cans at once is “binge drinking”, and a man needs to one more can to reach the same goal. One can of beer is exactly one drink, according to the common definition.

Binge drinking by counties, source –

CDC data states that Wisconsin drinkers had an average of 490 drinks per year. Beer is the drink of choice in Wisconsin.

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