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Local physicians talk the dangers of binge drinking in wake of St. Patrick's Day weekend

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-16 14:30:44-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)- Since it is St. Patrick's Day weekend, be on the look out for any binge drinking.

A report released Friday by the CDC says, 1 in 6, or 37 million adults binge drink about once a week, consuming an average of seven drinks per binge.

We spoke with local physicians about the dangerous effects this can have.

"They're are far reaching effects of binge drinking. So we really don't want that, especially our college students since we are a college town, we want them to be safe," said Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency, Ericka Mapp M.D. "That you plan having a designated driver is always a good idea making good use of Uber is always a good idea to avoid the car accidents that are so common with binge drinking."

Dr. Mapp says, binge drinking can also lead to death and many medical issues such as heart problems and memory loss.