Another reason that older people and college students binge drink is an abundance of free time and boredom. "[They drink] just to fill in the time and feel a little better," Dr. Seppala says.
Dr. Seppala says education is needed to combat the negative effects of baby boomer binge drinking. If people had healthier attitudes about drinking, binge drinking in non-alcoholics wouldn't be as prevalent, he says. The problem is that it's unclear what those healthy attitudes would be. "There is a use of alcohol that could be considered, I don't know if I'd call it healthy, but at least it's not unhealthy," he says. "A lot of good comes from healthy use of alcohol. It's just that in our country, people tend to really overdo it on a regular basis, resulting in health consequences."