The number of high school students who admit that they binge drink is troublingly high, and for high school girls it comes with a whole host of other problems.
Although the numbers are also high for high school males, girls' bodies respond to alcohol differently than men's. It takes less alcohol for them to get intoxicated because of their size and how they process alcohol.
The CDC defines binge drinking as the consumption of 4 or more alcohol drinks for women (or 5 or more drinks for men) on an occasion. An occasion is generally considered to be about 2-3 hours.
Drinking too much, including binge drinking, results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year and increases the chances of breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancy, and many other health problems.