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Friday, January 11, 2013

Female Binge Drinking Major Concern

Alcohol use amongst America’s youth remains a constant problem in this country. What’s more, the way in which teenagers and young adults drink alcohol is quite hazardous and potentially fatal. Known as binge drinking, excessive use of alcohol in a short period of time takes thousands of lives every year in this country.

A new report conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that one in five high school girls take part in binge drinking. Almost 14 million women in the United States binge drink about three times a month, according to the report.

While males binge drink more than women, female use is not that far off, according to CNN. About 62 percent of high school senior girls said they engaged in binge drinking in 2011. For females, binge drinking is defined as having four or more drinks on one occasion.

More than half of the 23,000 deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use among women and girls in 2011 involved binge drinking, the report found. Women are typically much smaller than men, making them much more susceptible to the effects of alcohol, according to the CNN article.

“It is alarming to see that binge drinking is so common among women and girls, and that women and girls are drinking so much when they do,” Robert Brewer, MD, MSPH, of the Alcohol Program at CDC, noted in a news release. “The good news is that the same scientifically proven strategies for communities and clinical settings that we know can prevent binge drinking in the overall population can also work to prevent binge drinking among women and girls.”
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