Binge drinking among California adults: results from the 2005 California Health Interview Survey

Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2008;34(6):801-9. doi: 10.1080/00952990802491571.


Objective: To calculate binge drinking rates among California adults and describe the characteristics of female and male binge drinkers.

Method: Analyses of 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.

Results: At least one binge drinking episode over a 30-day period was reported by 1.4 million California women (10.7% of all adult women) and 3.2 million California men (24.7%). For both women and men, factors associated with binge drinking included being 18-44 years of age, smoking, and having mid-range psychological distress scores. There were gender differences in binge drinking risk by race/ethnicity and health status.

Conclusion: Binge drinking is a serious public health concern that affects millions of adult Californians [corrected].

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholic Intoxication / epidemiology*
  • California
  • Continental Population Groups
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / epidemiology
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Young Adult