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Report: 1 In 4 Young Adults Are Binge Drinkers

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ATLANTA (CBS) — Federal health officials say twenty-five percent of young adults in the U.S. report they engaged in binge drinking within the past 30 days, federal health officials say.

A report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says annually 33 million adults ages 18-34 have reported binge drinking, which in this report is defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men over a short period of time, usually within a couple of hours.

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If gone unchecked, excessive drinking can lead to serious health complications such as liver and heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases, along with the risk of unplanned pregnancy.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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