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Eastern Idaho County Has Lowest Binge Drinking Rate in U.S. 

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Eastern Idaho's Madison County has the lowest binge drinking rate in the United States. The county, which is home to the city of Rexburg and the campus of BYU-Idaho came out at the bottom of a recent study of drinking patterns in U.S. counties in 2012, published by the American Journal of Public Health.

While the study found heavy drinking among Americans had increased sharply, up 17.2 percent since 2005, it pointed to Madison County's 5.9 percent binge drinking rate. Menomonie, Wisc., had the highest rate of binge drinking among its residents—36 percent.

Binge drinking is defined as having four drinks of more for women and five drinks or more for men on a single occasion at least once during the month.

The overall binge drinking rate for Idaho in 2012 was 17.3 percent, lower than the national average of 18.3 percent. Idaho's highest rate in 2012 was Shoshone County, with 29.2 percent. Ada County was 17.3 percent and Canyon County was 16.4 percent in 2012.
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