In a study of adults 21 and up published Thursday by the American Journal of Public Health, results show that binge drinking is on the rise in much of America, including the Atlanta metro area. A county-by-county breakdown, per NBC-11, shows an overall increase across the metro area from 2005 to 2012.
The study defines binge drinking as at least five drinks on one occasion for men and at least four drinks for women.
Residents of DeKalb County have seen the biggest overall increase, jumping 13.4 percent over the course of the study. At the other end of the spectrum, Cobb County's overall binge drinking has increased just 1.0 percent, and it's the only county that has seen a decrease in percentage among men. Across the board, binge drinking among women has risen more sharply than men, topping out at a 28.9 percent increase in Union County. The only county that saw a greater increase among men compared to women was Fulton, 6.7 to 2.6.
For anyone who finds this news to be too depressing, just take the edge off with your beverage of choice. Data shows you likely won't be the only one.