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Binge drinkers go for beer over wine and spirits

Published:  23 July, 2008

A US study shows most binge drinkers will reach for beer rather than wine or spirits when they set out to get drunk.

It also uncovered big differences in drinking patterns between men and women, with 73% of men favouring beer as the binge drink of choice, compared with 50% of women.

Dr Naimi said most binge drinkers were not alcoholics, but would drink to match their peers or for other reasons.

He warned that their heavy drinking often puts them and those around them at risk, especially when these drinkers got behind the wheel of a car.

The CDCP is campaigning for tighter rules on the taxation of beer and on its availability, especially late at night and early in the morning.