The New York Department of Health is encouraging all New Yorker’s to reduce their alcohol consumption this New Year. A recent report by the Department of Health found 1 in 6 adults reported excessive alcohol use.
“Excessive and binge drinking is dangerous and harmful, reducing or eliminating alcohol can have immense positive health benefits,” State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “Drinking less can help improve sleep, help you achieve a healthy weight, and improve your mental and physical health now and later in life. I hope in the New Year, more people choose to reduce their alcohol consumption and that those who struggle with their alcohol use take advantage of the many resources available to help.”
The report continues on about the dangers that come with binge and heavy drinking as well as encourages residents to reduce their consumption in 2024. Both binge drinking and heavy drinking are two patterns of excessive alcohol use. Binge drinking is defined by the CDC as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on a single occasion. Heavy drinking is defined as consuming eight or more alcoholic drinks per-week for women and fifteen for men.
Binge and heavy drinking are seen across all population groups, but the BRFSS report found that the prevalence of binge and heavy drinking were more commonly reported in men, especially those who are younger than 35 years of age, and adults with an annual household income of $75,000 or more, according to a release by the Department of Health.
You may find the entire report HERE.