In a nationwide survey of people 50 to 64 years old, nearly 25% of the men and nine percent of the women told Duke University researchers they had engaged in binge drinking in the previous 30 days. Binge drinking is defined as five or more alcoholic drinks in a short time, binge drinking is considered extremely risky behavior, and its dangers increase with age. The survey also found that 14 percent of men and three percent of women 65 and older reported binge drinking in the previous month. It was once thought that binge or extreme drinking was done by younger adults in their 20’s. Binge drinking at any age can lead to alcohol poisoning, liver disease, neurological damage, injuries and violent crimes. In addition, it changes perception, increases stress, increases depression, slows metabolism, adds empty calories to the diet. In this economy, more people are feeling stressed and may be turning to alcohol to cope. If you feel stressed, drinking is not a solution it will make you feel worse.