Wednesday, January 9 2013, 06:07 PM MST
Women More Likely To Binge Drink Than Men
(KUTV) A new report shows that almost 14 million American women participate in binge drinking about three times a month.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks at a one time. According to the “Vital Signs” report from the Centers for Disease Control, about one in eight women over the age of 18 admitted to binge drinking in 2011. The report also found one in five high school aged girls admitted to binge drinking last year. The CDC says 23,000 people were killed as a result from binge drinking each year during 2001 through 2005 for women and girls in the United States. Studies show binge drinking increases the risk of getting breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy and other health issues.
The study revealed that U.S. women aged 18 to 34 were most likely to binge drink. Whites and Hispanics and women who live in a household making about $75,000 a year were also highly likely to consume excessive amounts of alcohol at one occasion.
To read the report from the Centers for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/mmwr
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