Binge Drinking Among Women Is Both Dangerous And Overlooked

on 16/01/13 at 3:02 pm

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Binge drinking is something many people want to shrug off.

But officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it’s a public health problem that deserves more attention.

imagesYou might be tempted to think binge drinking is mainly an issue for men, but that’s not the case. So the CDC is putting the spotlight on women’s binge drinking, which it says is both dangerous and overlooked.

About 13 percent of U.S. women go on drinking binges each month, says the CDC, citing survey data collected in 2011. Among high school girls, the figure is around 20 percent.

Consuming four or more drinks in a single session is considered a binge for women, in case you were wondering. For men, five or more drinks define a binge.

All told, the CDC figures 14 million women in the U.S. binge drink. Those who binge, do it an average of about three times a month. And when they binge, they’re drinking around six drinks each time. Most binge drinkers aren’t dependent on alcohol, the CDC says.

 

FULL STORY via NPR