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College Binging On The Rise

 According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, binge drinking in college campuses has not decreased despite prevention efforts by university officials. Nationally, the number of frequent binge drinkers on the college campuses that took part in the study increased from 20 percent to 23 percent. The Early Show reports Wednesday.

A binge drinker is defined as a man who had five or more drinks in a row, or a woman who had four or more consecutive drinks, on at least one occasion in the two weeks before completing the survey. Those considered to be frequent binge drinkers consumed that amount of alcohol at least 3 times in the two weeks prior to the questionnaire. Researchers questioned more than 14,000 undergraduates at 119 four-year colleges.

An article on the study appears in the March issue of the Journal of American College Health.
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