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Binge Drinking

A Serious, Under-Recognized Problem Among Women and Girls

January 2013

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Nearly 14 million US women binge drink about 3 times a month.

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Women average 6 drinks per binge.

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1 in 5 high school girls binge drink.

Drinking too much can seriously affect the health of women and girls.

Drinking too much can seriously affect the health of women and girls.

  • Women’s and girls’ bodies respond to alcohol differently than men’s. It takes less alcohol for women to get intoxicated because of their size and how they process alcohol.
  • Binge drinking can lead to unintended pregnancies. It is not safe to drink at any time during pregnancy.
  • If women binge drink while pregnant, they risk exposing their developing baby to high levels of alcohol, increasing the chances the baby will be harmed by the mother’s alcohol use.

Drinking is influenced by your community and your relationships.

  • Alcohol use in a community is affected by alcohol’s price and availability.
  • Underage drinking is affected by exposure to alcohol marketing.
  • Underage drinking is also influenced by adult drinking, and youth often obtain alcohol from adults.
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