On the heels of a huge news story about alcohol, the number of Americans who reported losing weight following a binge drink is on the rise.
While the numbers are not entirely surprising, some are wondering why they haven’t been better.
The trend seems to be partly because it’s hard to know exactly why someone is drinking so much.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 2.7 million people a year in the U.S. have a binge drinking problem, and that number has gone up in recent years.
But while the CDC’s data shows binge drinking rates have been on the upswing in the past few years, many researchers believe the trend is more a function of social stigma.
The problem is that binge drinking is often treated as a problem of social anxiety, which can have a negative effect on people’s mental health and make it harder to lose weight.
While binge drinking may not be the biggest problem for binge drinkers, it does put a damper on people who want to lose body weight, according to Katherine Hays, a professor of social work at the University of Virginia.
While there is a strong link between binge drinking and obesity, Hays said binge drinking also is linked to depression, anxiety and substance use disorders.
Hays also said people who are at high risk of binge drinking tend to be men, who are more likely to be alcoholics and more likely than women to binge drink.
Himes also said binge drinkers also tend to drink more often than non-binge drinkers.
“It’s also been linked to an increase in the rate of obesity,” she said.
“And we also know that there are other factors that make people binge drinking, like poor diet and lack of physical activity.”
Hays and her colleagues looked at data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions.
In 2015, more than 4,300 people were followed for at least a year.
Those people were asked about their drinking behavior.
About 40 percent of those people said they had used alcohol at least once during the past year.
A quarter said they drank alcohol in a binge, while the other 25 percent said they didn’t.
Those who binge drank reported drinking at least 20 drinks in a week, and a third said they reported binge drinking more than once in the month prior.
When asked about how much alcohol they had consumed the previous month, 36 percent said it was less than two drinks, 26 percent said two drinks or more, and 8 percent said three or more drinks.
Researchers also compared binge drinking behavior to other variables that might impact weight loss, such as smoking, physical inactivity and depression.
“Binge drinking is a huge problem,” Himes said.
There are some things people can do to reduce the risk of alcohol-related problems, Himes added.
They can cut down on alcohol consumption and use the tools they have to get the help they need.
But they also can work to change their social and economic status.
Hymes said social stigma can be especially difficult to change for binge drinking.
“We think of alcohol as a bad thing, but there are certain social and health issues that are very much at risk of being overlooked,” she explained.
“When we have social stigma, we are more susceptible to not just binge drinking but to other mental health issues.”