Binge drinking claims the lives of an estimated 88,000 Americans per year, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That adds up to 1 in 10 deaths for working-age adults. And more than half are related to binge drinking.

The study was cited by ABC News and featured in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

According to the CDC, some 37 million adults (about 17 percent) reported binge drinking over the previous 30 days.

The results come from the “Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which collects yearly data on health and risk behaviors of U.S. adults. For the first time, gathering data on 2015, they asked about 400,00 people over 18 about their drinking."

"That includes how many days they drank, the average number of drinks consumed and the largest number of drinks they had on any one occasion. In all, the study found there were a staggering 17.5 billion binge drinks consumed per year."

“The biggest bingers were non-Hispanic whites (19.2%) and American Indians/Alaska Natives (17.9%),” continues the report. “And though binging was higher among younger age groups, it was present across all ages, including those 65 years old or older.”

The numbers aren’t simply beyond sobering; they’re downright catastrophic. Binge drinking is wreaking fatal havoc all across America.

There is another way though. We at Recovery Boot Camp and our adjacent Healing Properties have proven you don’t need to drink or to drug to lead a happy and healthy life. In fact, we’ve shown sobriety will dramatically improve your life. It also improves the lives of all those around you.

Something for you to think deeply about the next time you’re considering going on a binge.

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