Texans love their tasty alcoholic beverages. But which parts of the great Lone Star State are more prone to drinking...and I mean excessive drinking....than any other areas?
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The title of the highest ranking Texas county where the percentage of excessive drinking goes to Anderson County.
The largest city in the county is Palestine, and the area is home to 3,900 employees for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and 1,600 others who work at two Wal-Mart distribution centers.
According to latest 2013 data drawn from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “excessive drinking reflects the percent of adults that report either binge drinking.”
Excessive drinking is “defined as consuming more than 4 (women) or 5 (men) alcoholic beverages on a single occasion in the past 30 days, or heavy drinking, defined as drinking more than one (women) or 2 (men) drinks per day on average.”
A major risk factor of adverse health outcomes, the CDC and other health organizations agree that excessive drinking can lead to “alcohol poisoning, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome, sudden infant death syndrome, suicide, interpersonal violence, and motor vehicle crashes.”
Drinking causes about 80,000 deaths a year and is the third lifestyle-related cause of death in the United States, according to CDC.
This data does not include youth drinking, although data shows “binge drinking accounts for 90% of alcohol consumption for youth ages 12-17.”
Is your county among the highest in the state? See the List to read which other Texas counties lead the state in excessive binge drinking.