CDC: One in Five High School Girls Binge Drinks

Jim Liebelt | Senior Editor of Publications for HomeWord | Thursday, January 10, 2013

CDC: One in Five High School Girls Binge Drinks

One in eight adult women in the United States binge drinks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These folks typically binge drink about three times per month, and consume an average of six drinks on each occasion. Binge drinking means consuming four or five alcoholic drinks in about two hours, and it's most prevalent among high school girls and women ages 18 to 34. In fact, 1 in 5 high school girls binge drinks, according to the recently released CDC's Vital Signs report.

Binge drinking is associated with a slew of health risks. In the short term, drinkers can face injuries ranging from car crashes to domestic violence to alcohol poisoning to simply falling down the steps. Binge drinking can also lead to liver disease, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and neurological damage, according to the CDC.

Source: U.S. News & World Report