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Binge drinking numbers in Benton and Franklin Counties

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new survey shows that 1 in 4 Americans are guilty of binge drinking, which by definition, is consuming more than five drinks in a row.

A survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows many Americans are drinking, especially young people. Of those surveyed, ages 12 and up, 30% reported binge drinking.

Washington's numbers are much lower than the national average. In 2011, 16% of Washington state's population reported binge drinking.

Numbers from the Tri-Cities are even better. In Benton County, 13% of the population reported binge drinking. Only 10% in Franklin County.

Dr. Larry Jecha with the local health district says several factors affect numbers, but our diverse population may be a big reason for this.

"As far as racial mix, we're not the same as the state average, so some of these things can be basic to your demographics of your population." said Dr. Jecha. The survey show that the state with the lowest binge drinking problem is Utah at 14 point one percent.

the highest is in north Dakota at 29.8 percent.