Heavy Drinking Rates, Especially in Women, On the Rise in U.S.

Heavy drinking is up more than 17 percent since 2005 and rates are rising faster among women than among men, researchers reported. Rates of binge drinking spiked by 17.5 percent among women between 2005 and 2012 but wet up just 4.9 percent among men, the analysis showed. The hardest-drinking U.S. county is Menominee County, Wisconsin. Nationally, 18.3 percent of Americans were binge drinkers in 2012, an increase of nearly 9 percent since 2005.

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