- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 9, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — Binge drinkers are more likely to have a beer can in hand than a shot glass, research shows. Unless you’re talking about teens. They prefer the hard stuff.

The findings are reported in two studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Access may play a major role in the choices of the two age groups. For adults, beer is cheaper and easy to find, sold in gas stations and grocery stores. For teens, it may be easier to filch free booze from their parents’ liquor cupboards, one of the researchers said.

The study of adult binge drinkers found that nearly 75 percent mainly or exclusively drank beer, 17 percent focused on liquor, and 9 percent were wine drinkers. A binge drinker was defined as someone who had five or more alcoholic drinks on at least one occasion in the past 30 days. About 15 percent of U.S. adults fit that profile, and most are men, according to federal statistics.

In a separate study, a different team of researchers looked at 2005 survey data for public high-school students in Arkansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming and found that liquor was the most commonly consumed alcoholic beverage among teens who reported binge drinking.