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Westchester 'Above Average' In State Survey Of Binge Drinking

Nearly a fifth of Putnam County adults are binge drinkers, according to a state health survey. Westchester adults rank slightly above the state average of 17.7 percent.
Nearly a fifth of Putnam County adults are binge drinkers, according to a state health survey. Westchester adults rank slightly above the state average of 17.7 percent. Photo Credit: Contributed

Do you consume a six-pack of beer or five glasses of wine in one sitting?

Westchester County rates above average in a statewide health survey -- which can be found by clicking here -- of adults for "binge drinking."

Westchester ranked number 24, out of New York's 62 counties, in terms of its binge drinking rate. An estimated 17.9 percent of Westchester's adults are binge drinkers, according to the survey. A statewide average of 17.7 percent of adults are estimated to be binge drinkers, the survey says.

The federal government defines binge drinking as men having five or more drinks or women having four or more drinks on one occasion. The information is from the 2015 New York Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System health-related telephone survey.

Nearly one-fifth of all adults in Putnam County are binge drinkers, according to the survey, ranking that county as the 15th worst as far as excessive consumption of alcohol in New York state. A total of 19.7 percent of Putnam's adults are believed to binge drinkers, according to this survey.

Other binge drinking rates in the Hudson Valley include Dutchess at 14.6 percent and Rockland at 13.1 percent, both well below the New York state average.

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