Binge Drinking in Florida? Feds Say Not Here

Categories: Musings, Really?
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The Onion has penned many parodies of this state, including Florida Legalizes Taking Guns to Work; Florida State University to Phase Out Academic Operations by 2010; and 'Ravaged' Named Florida's Official State Adjective.

Though it reads like it, this stat is no parody. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Florida falls behind Texas, Kansas, Washington state, and Colorado in occasional binge drinking, with this state averaging 10 percent to 16 percent of the population. Those other states clock in at 16 to 19 percent.

Of the U.S. population, 16.2 percent binge-drink, though among those who make more than $75,000, it's 20 percent. A binge drinker is defined as one who swills five or more drinks in a short period for men, four or more for women. The average number of drinks tops off at around eight drinks.

The biggest group of binge drinkers falls in the 18- to 34-year-old age range, while those identified as binge drinkers booze more often if they're over 65. Despite that more people binge who make over 75K, those who make less than $25,000 binge drinkers go nuts, drinking more booze more often.

The booziest states in the union? Wisconsin, Maine, Vermont, Montana, Massachusetts: all cold states. And then there's D.C. I keep telling people that D.C. is boozier than Florida, and no one would believe me. Of these states, 19 to 26 percent of the population binge-drinks.

When it comes to many stats I've seen regarding Florida, I'm skeptical. For example, last year, Good.is publicized a poll that Florida is one of three states with the fewest number of families to report struggling to feed themselves and their kin. Then there's this story, which indicates that a third of the nation's homeless live in Florida.

Perhaps the transience of the population of Florida makes the living conditions and habits of its residents hard to pin down.

What's your take on the survey?


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Muzzylu
Muzzylu

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Muzzylu
Muzzylu

Using marijuana is always better than being drunk out of your mind. If they want to just feel a little better or be in less pain they should try Medical Marijuana edibles, much safer! You don't have to use that much cannabis to get relief. This book has great information on how to make marijuana oil and great small candies!

Great e-book on medical marijuana: MARIJUANA - Guide to Buying, Growing, Harvesting, and Making Medical Marijuana Oil and Delicious Candies to Treat Pain and Ailments by Mary Bendis, Second Edition. This book has great recipes for easy marijuana oil, delicious Cannabis Chocolates, and tasty Dragon Teeth Mints! goo.gl/iYjPn goo.gl/Jfs61.

FQS9000
FQS9000

Indisputably, the up state drys dilute the efforts of the Miami sots.  BTW, rich people retire to Florida, while the destitute stay in Missouri, thus the lower level of poor and pitiful in Florida.  Duh.  

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Right, but the study says that more people with money binge drink.

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