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Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking by Age Group and Sex, New Jersey, 2018-2021

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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.


Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported binge drinking during the 30 days prior to the survey. A drink of alcohol is 1 can or bottle of beer, 1 glass of wine, 1 can or bottle of wine cooler, 1 cocktail, or 1 shot of liquor. 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 Notes

2019 data is not included in the average estimated prevalence. No data were collected in 2019.

Data Source

Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health

How the Measure is Calculated

  • Numerator:

    Number of survey respondents (weighted) who reported binge drinking during the 30 days prior to the survey.
  • Denominator:

    Total number of survey respondents (weighted), excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure" or "Refused" responses.

Data Issues

Data from the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey are intended to be representative of all non-institutionalized adult residents of New Jersey. Due to resource issues, however, adults with limited personal access to phone service or limited command of either English or Spanish are not represented. As with all surveys, also, some error results from nonresponse (e.g., refusal to participate in the survey or to answer specific questions), and faulty measurement (e.g., responses affected by social desirability or recall error). Data collection procedures intended to minimize such errors include the use of strict calling protocols, good questionnaire design, standardization of interviewer behavior, interviewer training, and frequent, on-site interviewer monitoring and supervision. Statistical weighting procedures are also used to minimize the potential impact of disproportionate representation of demographic subgroups defined in terms of age, sex, race, ethnicity, education level, marital status, home ownership, and county of residence. (See also [[a href="query/BRFSSQueryTechNotes.html" Behavioral Risk Factor Survey Data Description and Technical Notes]].)

Related Health Objectives and Indicators

Health Care System Factors

See [] for screening and behavioral counseling recommendations.

Risk Factors

Binge drinking is more common among males and young adults in New Jersey Note: Custom data views of the prevalence of both [[a href="query/builder/njbrfs/AlcoholBinge/AlcoholBingeCrude11_.html" binge]] and [[a href="query/builder/njbrfs/AlcoholChrnHvy/AlcoholChrnHvyCrude11_.html" chronic heavy]] drinking among New Jersey adults by selected '''sociodemographic and other characteristics''' can be generated using the New Jersey Behavioral Risk Factor Survey interactive query module.

Health Status Outcomes

Binge drinking is associated with motor vehicle and other unintentional injury deaths.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:

Health Topic Pages Related to: Alcohol Consumption - Binge Drinking

Indicator Data Last Updated On 03/07/2024, Published on 06/12/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: (