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Survey: Adults in Brown County binge drink more than those in any other parts of the state

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GREEN BAY(AP) — A new survey shows adults in Brown County binge drink more than those in any other parts of the state, which was ranked highest in the nation for alcohol gorging and intensity of drinking.

The 2014 Brown County Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey found 38 percent of Brown County adults said they have participated in binge drinking in the past 30 days. Comparable studies conducted last year determined 35 percent of adults in Wisconsin and 32 percent of adults nationwide binged at least once.

A 2013 Health First Wisconsin report determined excessive drinking amounts to an annual cost of $318 million, 40 percent of which is shouldered by taxpayers.

The Press-Gazette Media (http://gbpg.net/1EVT7RX ) reports binge drinking means a person consumed five or more drinks in one day.