Binge drinking is a common but unrecognized problem among U.S. women, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in eight American women—and one in five high school girls—engages in binge drinking, defined as consuming four or more drinks in a sitting. Overall, women over the age of 18 reported that they had an average of 3.2 episodes of binge drinking per month and drank 5.7 drinks per episode.
Binge drinking is most common among women aged 18 to 24. In that age group, nearly 1 in four women reported that they had an episode of binge drinking in the last 30 days. Although nearly twice as many men engage in binge drinking, male and female teens binge drink at almost equal rates: 24 percent of boys and 20 percent of girls. Women are especially at risk for negative unintended consequences for binge drinking, since they metabolize alcohol at a lower rate and may harm an unknown pregnancy.
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