NBC announced the “surprising” findings of a binge drinking study on Aug. 17, but NBC’s chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman used the opportunity to nanny anyone drinking two or more drinks at a time.
Snyderman mentioned the definition of binge drinking at the beginning of her segment (“having five or more drinks at one sitting”) before saying that the study found 23 percent of men and 9 percent of women between ages 50 and 64 bingeing in the past month.
But it didn’t take long for Snyderman to redefine the “dangerous” practice which is often accompanied by tobacco, “illicit drugs,” and can result in health problems including liver disease, stroke, high blood pressure and others.
“Unfortunately, binge drinking takes a toll on the entire body and because it happens episodically it’s a problem that may be missed by doctors because it’s not found in typical screening,” Snyderman said before lecturing viewers.
“So if you’re an adult and you find yourself drinking more than two drinks at one sitting you have to have a very serious conversation with yourself about whether you might be one of these people who’s been highlighted in this study.”