A bartender pours a beer at the Nomad Pub in Milwaukee, Wisc., in 2006.
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March 14, 2013 Wisconsin has the highest number of binge drinkers in the nation, and they cost the state $6.8 billion in 2012.
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A picture from the photo story "Keg Stand Queens," which explores the gender dynamics of undergraduate binge drinking.
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January 8, 2013 About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, say officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The damage from binge drinking runs the gamut from death to unintended pregnancy. Public health officials say binge drinking can be curbed with greater awareness and thoughtful interventions.
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Just 10 to 15 minutes of counseling from primary care doctors can reduce the risk of "risky" drinking, a federal task force says.
September 25, 2012 Patients who had multiple counseling sessions lasting 10 to 15 minutes were 12 percent more likely to quit binge drinking a year later, says a federal task force. Those benefits are enough to justify primary care doctors screening all adult patients for signs of problem drinking and providing counseling, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says.
Half of college students who drink say they have blackouts.
March 15, 2012 About half of college students who drink say they have blackouts. They're much more likely to end up in the emergency room, according to a new study, and cost a college about $500,000 a year in medical expenses.
A man who has five drinks or more at one sitting is bingeing.
January 10, 2012 About 1 in 6 Americans, or 38 million people, went on at least one drinking binge last year, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
August 17, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and filmmaker John Sayles talks about his movie, Amigo. In the second hour, Thomas Vander Ven talks about the consequences of binge drinking and his book, Getting Wasted, and an update on the conflict in Libya.
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