Oh yes, of course Fox News wants us to believe that we're all drinking ourselves to oblivion. Amusingly, the predictor of how much a person drinks is listed in this article as frequency of church attendance.
You know Fox News, some people say (and by "some people" I mean the US Centers for Disease Control) that heavy drinking has been relatively stable for years. And even then, it's taken a dip in the past few years. See their data here.
For those of you who were wondering, binge drinking is drinking more than 5 beverages in a single occasion for men or drinking more than 4 beverages in a single occasion for women.
If you're thinking that you've made a clean getaway because you haven't had that much to drink since your college days, remember that there is a guideline for how much alcohol we can drink and be healthy.
The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans would tell us that alcohol is best consumed "in moderation". It takes quite a bit of searching around to find a definition of this cliched and oh-so-muddy phrase "moderation". Moderation and alcohol means no more than 2 drinks per day for men and no more than 1 drink per day for women.
Even at one drink per day, remember that alcoholic beverages are loaded with calories. Be it wine, beer or a shot of distilled liquor, you're looking at 90-140 calories from the alcohol alone. (Watch the calories add up further in that fancy schmancy Pome-tini or Mango Margarita).
Bottom line, even if you're not a binge drinking depressed reject of the church (like Fox news thinks you are), cut back on the booze. Nobody needs the calories there.