According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 teenage girls binge drink, a serious risky behavior that is a commonly unrecognized among women.
That means females consume four or more drinks in two or three hours. Men must consume five or more drinks.
Previous studies focused primarily on men and boys binge drinking, but it is just as serious of a problem with females, typically those in high school, between the ages of 18 and 34, among White and Hispanics, and women with a household income of $75,000 or more.
Of the 23,000 heavy drinking related deaths among females in the U.S., more than half are caused by binge drinking.
Drinking too much can raise a female’s risk for heart disease, breast cancer, liver disease and sexually transmitted diseases.
U.S. Dietary guidelines recommend that if you do drink, limit it to one alcoholic beverage each day.
Lyssa Hansen, Health Matters