DefinitionPercentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported binge drinking during the 30 days prior to the survey.
NumeratorNumber of survey respondents (weighted) who reported binge drinking during the 30 days prior to the survey.
DenominatorTotal number of survey respondents (weighted), excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure" or "Refused" responses.
Data Interpretation IssuesQuestion Text 1989-2005: "Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have 5 or more drinks on an occasion?"
Question Text beginning in 2006: "Considering all types of alcoholic beverages, how many times during the past 30 days did you have X [X=5 for men, X=4 for women] or more drinks on an occasion?"
Follow-up Question starting 2005: "During the past 30 days, what is the largest number of drinks you had on any occasion?"
From 1989-2005, binge drinking on the BRFSS was defined as consuming five or more drinks of alcohol on an occasion one or more times during the past 30 days for both males and females.
Starting in 2006, the definition of binge drinking changed to consuming five or more drinks on an occasion for men, or four or more drinks on an occasion for women one or more times during the past 30 days. Data for this indicator have been analyzed using this new definition.
Starting in 2011, BRFSS protocol requires that the NJBRFS incorporate a fixed quota of interviews from cell phone respondents along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting or "raking". The new weighting methodology incorporates additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting process. These methodological changes were implemented to account for the underrepresentation of certain demographic groups in the land line sample (which resulted in part from the increasing number of U.S. households without land line phones). Comparisons between 2011 and prior years should therefore be made with caution. (More details about these changes can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6122a3.htm.)
Why Is This Important?Binge drinking is an indicator of potentially serious alcohol abuse, and is related to driving under the influence of alcohol. It is a problem nationally, especially among males and young adults. Alcohol abuse is strongly associated with injuries and violence, chronic liver disease, fetal alcohol syndrome, and risk of other acute and chronic health conditions.
Healthy People Objective: Reduce the proportion of persons engaging in binge drinking during the past month--Adults aged 18 years and olderU.S. Target: 24.4 percent
How Are We Doing?In New Jersey, the estimated percentage of adults who reported binge drinking in the past 30 days in 2018 was 13.5%. The binge drinking rate is highest among Whites (15.4%), followed by Blacks (12.6%), Hispanics (11.8%) and Asians (8.9%).
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Estimates for 2018 show that 16.2% of U.S. adults reported binge drinking in the past 30 days whereas 13.5% of New Jersey adults reported binge drinking (crude rates).