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Report: Binge drinking among women overlooked

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A new report says binge drinking among women is under recognized.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 14 million American women binge drink about three times a month and consume an average of six drinks per binge.

But binge drinking is not often recognized as a women's health problem. As a result, women are at an increased risk for many health problems.

The breakdown of the report shows that about 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high school girls report binge drinking.

Binge drinking was most common among women aged 18 to 34, whites and Hispanics and women with household incomes of $75,000 or more.

Roughly half of all high school girls who drink alcohol say they binge drink.   

"Over the past couple decades, the rate of drinking among high school boys has fallen, but the rate among high school girls has stayed pretty much constant," said Dr. Thomas Friedman of the CDC.
              
The CDC says women are more susceptible to the harms of alcohol than men because, on average, they are smaller, become intoxicated at lower levels and even process alcohol differently.

"So even at the same level of alcohol consumption, they'll have a higher blood alcohol level, and of course they have specific health risks such as fetal alcohol syndrome, breast cancer and other serious health problems," said Friedman.

The report also indicates binge drinking causes roughly 23,000 deaths among women and girls in the United States each year.

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