(WXYZ) - A new study finds binge drinking is just as common among teenagers as adults.
Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say nearly 1 in 5 high school students (18 percent) and nearly 1 in 5 of adults (18 percent) in Michigan admit to binge drinking at least once in the past 30 days.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more drinks in a short period of time for a man and four or more drinks for a woman.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), excessive alcohol consumption is blamed for 2,700 deaths in Michigan each year.
"It is all too common to see alcohol-associated injuries in our emergency rooms," said Dr. Matthew Davis, Chief Medical Executive with the MDCH. "We are working tirelessly to reduce events like these in Michigan,” he said.
Not only is binge drinking unhealthy, researchers say it's also costing Michigan billions of dollars.
In Michigan, excessive drinking costs totaled $8.2 billion in 2006, the most recent year the data was available.
More than 74 percent of excessive drinking costs came from losses in workplace productivity. Health care expenses made up 11.5 percent of excessive drinking costs. Court costs, motor vehicle crashes and property damage also contributed to the total.
According to the study, state, local and federal governments paid $3.5 billion of the costs related to excessive drinking in Michigan.
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