Binge Drinking a Major Problem Among High School Girls

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in five high school girls binge drink. The report also showed that 14 million women in the United States binge drink about three times a month. Binge drinking, for females, is defined as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion.

The rate of high school girls who binge drink is almost as high as their males equivalents who binge drink. In 2011, 62 percent of high school senior girls said they were involved in binge drinking.

Also in 2011, binge drinking was responsible for more than half of the 23,000 deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use among females.

Although binge drinking is a serious problem among young women, Robert Brewer, MD, MSPH, of the Alcohol Program at CDC said, “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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