The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a study that reveals binge drinking is a serious problem for both women and girls.
The report indicates that one in eight women in the United States engages in binge drinking on a regular basis. According to ABC News, the problem is worse for teenagers; one in five high school girls have a problem with consuming unhealthy amounts of alcohol.
Dr. Richard Brewer said that binge drinking isn’t necessarily a new problem. In fact, he stated that it is “an under-recognized problem for women and girls.” CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden added that such behavior can be a risk factor for “unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, reduced cognitive function, and breast cancer.”
“Effective community measures can support women and girls in making wise choices about whether to drink or how much to drink if they do. Each of us can choose not to binge drink.”
Approximately 23,000 women die from excessive alcohol consumption each year. The CDC states that 12,000 of these deaths are attributed to binge drinking.
According to USA Today, binge drinking is defined as consuming more than four alcoholic beverages in one sitting. These drinks include beer, wine, or liquor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that binge drinking was more common with women that reside in households that earn more than $75,000 per year.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s David Jernigan said more attention needs to be placed on the effects binge drinking is having on women in the United States. He explained that the problem only seems to be getting worse.
“We’ve watched a shift from girls drinking beer to distilled spirits. They are experimenting with the strongest form of the drug available.”
Do you agree that binge drinking is a serious problem for women and girls in the United States?