CDC: One in Five High School Girls Binge Drinks
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2013 Jan 10
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