Binge drinking on the rise

DALLAS, TX (NBC) - A new study looking at 20 years of drinking trends shows binge drinking is up, particularly among white women.

The study of 85,000 respondents by the University of Texas Southwestern looked at drinking trends starting in 1992 and determined white women were more likely than Hispanic and black women to binge. Binge drinking is defined as drinking five or more drinks a day.

Dr. Raul Caetano, the author of the study, says social acceptance is a huge factor.

"There are many more women with careers, many more women with professional lives and many more opportunities for social interaction and those opportunities have many more opportunities for drinking," Caetano said.

The research team also identified several predictors to help gauge whether someone is more likely to drink to the point of being intoxicated. For instance, men who are unemployed or not married were more likely to become intoxicated more than once a month.

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