Binge Drinking Problems not Exclusive to College Students

Researchers estimate 1,825 college students ages 18-24 die each year from alcohol-related injuries like car accidents, about 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and one in four college students report negative academic consequences from drinking including missing class, flunking exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

But binge drinking isn’t exclusive to young adults.

According to a recent CDC report, over 38 million adults binge drink an average of four times a month. The report also discovered those who make more than $75,000 are more apt to binge drink.

Hitting close to home

A Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)* conducted in 2015 in western Wisconsin identified alcohol abuse as a top health issue to be addressed in an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs in Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

So what exactly qualifies as binge drinking? Well, for men, it means having five or more drinks in two hours; and for women it’s 4 or more drinks in two hours or less.

“People don’t recognize binge drinking as problem because it’s not a daily thing,” says Chris Tashjian M.D. of Vibrant Health Family Clinics. They think, ‘I’m able to function at work and at home and I don’t need to have a drink every day so I’m fine,’ but then they finish a bottle or two of wine over the weekend.”

Binge drinking is major cause for concern

Overindulging in alcohol is actually the culprit behind more than 80,000 deaths in this country, and is the third leading cause of preventable deaths.

“If you’re afraid to ask people if you drink too much, that’s probably a sign that you’re overdoing it,” Tashjian says. You may not be aware of exactly how much you’ve been drinking until it starts creating conflict with your relationships at home or at work. If your family, friends, or co-workers have hinted (or flat-out vocalized) that they’re worried about how much you imbibe, it’s time to cut back.

There is Help

If you or your loved ones are drinking more than the recommended, there is help. Like other medical issues, alcoholism is a disease. You can begin by having a conversation with close family or friends – or your doctor.  There are resources available to support you or your loved one’s journey to recovery.  It doesn’t require you to hit rock bottom before you get the help you need.  Recovery can begin at any point and the sooner you start the better. The longer the problem continues, the more difficult it becomes to treat.


Support Resources:


Northwest Connection

24-Hour AODA & Mental health Crisis Line



Programs for Change

Chemical Addiction Treatment and Recovery Care

Hudson Hospital and Clinics in Hudson WI 54016

715 531 6755


Alcoholics Anonymous

Hudson Alano

322 Vine Street, Hudson WI 54016

715 386 2932


Alcoholics Anonymous

1448 N 4th Street

New Richmond, WI 54017

715 246 4912


Kinnic Falls Alcohol & Drug Abuse Services

Halfway House for men only (need to have completed detox program)

900 S. Orange Street

River Falls, WI 54022

715 426 5950


L.E. Phillips-Libertas, Jerry Gicke, APS

Outpatient AODA treatment (need to have completed detox program)

117 East Pine

River Falls, WI 54022

715 425 1503


Midwest Psychological services

Carolyn Marlow

Hudson, WI 54016

715 381 1980


Luther Hospital

1221 Whipple Street

Eau Claire, WI 54702-4105

715 839 3585 or 715 839 3274


Lutheran Social Services

3136 Craig Road

Eau Claire, WI 54701

715 834 2046


Pierce County Human Services Department

715 273 6770


University of WI-Student Health Services

Student service only

211 Hagstad Hall

River Falls, WI 54022

715 425 3293


Fairview Red Wing Recovery Services

1407 W 4h Street

Red Wing, MN 55066

1 651 385 3370


Fairview Red Wing Medical Center

701 Fairview Blvd. PO Box 95

Red Wing, MN 55066

1 866 297 9215 or 1 651 267 5000


Recovery Groups

AA Monday 8:00 am

Servant of the Shepherd Church

River Falls, WI 54022

715 425 2037



*For additional information about the Community Health Needs Assessment, check out their website for the full report:

Binge Drinking Infographic