4270.0 Binge Drinking: A Community Problem

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 2:30 PM
Binge drinking has emerged as a significant subset of alcohol abusers. The popular culture depicts binge drinkers as predominantly college-age youths at weekend parties or during spring break. While this depiction is clearly true, it may only provide a partial picture of the actual situation. From a public health perspective, an evidence-based description of binge drinking is required. The speakers for this session will provide information covering the demographics and other social characteristics of binge drinkers, along with the interactions between binge drinking and driving, and binge drinking and tobacco use. Implications for public policy will be presented in order to stem the tide of this increasingly prominent substance abuse issue.
Session Objectives: Describe the characteristics of binge drinkers. Discuss the interaction between binge drinking and driving. Discuss the interactions between binge drinking and use of tobacco products.
Lawrence S. Brown, MD, MPH, FASAM

2:30 PM
Characteristics of Adult Binge Drinkers: Quantity Consumed, Beverage Preferences, and Subsequent Driving
Jason Blanchette, MPH, Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA and Timothy S. Naimi, MD, MPH
2:50 PM
Relationships between Adult Binge Drinking and Alcohol-Related Behaviors among Youth: Implications for Public Health
Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA, Toben F. Nelson, ScD, Victoria Churchill, MPH, Paul Gruenewald, PhD, Chelsea Carter, Matthew Reeder, MPH and Timothy S. Naimi, MD, MPH

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Organized by: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Endorsed by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion, Public Health Nursing, Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)