When it comes to binge drinking, the focus has almost chiefly been on males, but in a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twenty percent of high school girls binge drink. Those numbers are nearly as high as the binge drinking rates among their male counterparts.
Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more by women in one sitting, compared to five or more drinks for high-school-aged boys.
Binge drinking can have catastrophic results on its victims which include long-term health effects, like liver disease, nerve damage and permanent brain damage. Not to mention sexually-transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancy.
The report, aims to raise awareness of binge drinking among women as a serious problem that's held steady for more than a decade.
There are an estimated 23,000 annual deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use among females. Binge drinking is responsible for more than half of those.
Alcohol is the marquis gateway drug, it is easy to obtain because it only requires an of-age purchaser. Often times that is an older friend or sibling.
U.S. dietary guidelines recommend drinking in moderation with no more than one drink per day for women, and one drink per day.
Overcoming alcohol addiction can be difficult and time consuming, and may even be harder if you find that your child needs help. No parent wants to think their child has a drug problem, but as this report shows a large number of young girls do indeed have a problem with drinking. If you or you’re child is ready to stop drinking and ready to get the support needed call 1-888-205-2340 and a counselor can assist you in finding a rehabilitation option that works for you and your budget.