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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Results from a study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Kentucky has the nation's third-highest binge drinking rate.

Binge drinkers in Kentucky average more than 650 alcoholic drinks each year, according to the study. Kentucky falls behind only Arkansas' average of 841 and Mississippi's average of 831.

Binge drinking is defined as five or more drinks within two hours for men and four or more for women. The national average is 467 drinks a year per each binge drinker.

The CDC attributes binge drinking to half of the nation's 88,000 alcohol-related deaths that happen each year.

Men are nearly twice as likely to participate in binge drinking.

Binge drinking can lead to impaired driving, violence and risky sexual activity. It can also increase the risk for health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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