GREEN BAY —
Adults in Brown County binge drink more than those in other parts
of the state, which was ranked highest in the nation for alcohol
gorging, according to a new survey.
The 2014 Brown
County Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey found 38 percent
of Brown County adults said they have participated in binge
drinking in the past 30 days. Comparable studies conducted last
year determined 35 percent of adults in Wisconsin and 32 percent
of adults nationwide binged at least once.
means a person consumed five or more drinks in one day, the
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A 2013 Health
First Wisconsin report determined excessive drinking amounts to an
annual cost of $318 million, 40 percent of which is shouldered by
taxpayers. That same report ranked Wisconsin as the No. 1 state in
the nation for binge drinking and intensity of drinking.
from working in the county that we certainly have a very big
issue," said Brown County Health Officer Judy Friederichs.
The 2014 BRFFS
survey discovered high rates of frequent drinking, as well as
higher rates among young adults. Twelve percent of Brown County
adults binged five or more times in the past 30 days, compared to
9 percent statewide and 8 percent nationwide. Fifty-nine percent
of Brown County adults ages 18-24 said they drank excessively at
least once in the past 30 days.
"I think it
is a (practice) that has always been a part of the culture
here_that alcohol consumption is considered engrained in the
fabric of the community," said Barbara Coniff, director of
Libertas Treatment Center in Green Bay.
But the survey
also indicates a significant number of county residents drink
responsibly or don't drink at all, she said. It found more than
one-third of people surveyed haven't consumed alcohol in the past
30 days, and 64 percent who said they had only reported having a
drink or two.
you. You're finding ways to be healthy and be responsible in your
consumption," Coniff said.
survey is conducted regularly at both state and national levels,
this is the first time it's been done in Brown County. The
county's survey entailed 400 phone calls with adults to collect
data on eating habits, sleep patterns, physical activity and other
factors related to health.