CDC study shows one in five teen girls participate in binge drinking about three times a month. The CDC connects availability and affordability of alcohol with the rise of binge drinking.
Ok, parents of daughters. Time to get worried again.
According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control, one in five high school girls are binge drinkers – despite risks that range from long term health problems and unintended pregnancy to sexual assault and domestic violence.
(Not to mention the more general “it’s a really bad idea for lots of reasons to get wasted at a party” issue.)
The number of female binge drinker creeps up throughout high school and hits 24 percent for college, according to the CDC’s January “Vital Signs” report. Overall, it estimated that about one in eight women aged 18 years and over binge drink.
Now, binge drinking here is defined as consuming four or more drinks in a short period of time, although the average female drinker downs six per binge, and binges about three times a month.