Alcohol binge drinking hitting women hard

Alcohol binge drinking hitting women hard

Binge drinking is a major public health concern all over the world now with nearly 14 million American women regularly overindulging in alcohol.  It will actually be far worse in New Zealand, Australia and the UK as we have much heavier drinking cultures.

The study found:

  • 23,000 US women die every year from excessive alcohol intake
  • 12,000 are related to binge drinking
  • 20% of US high school girls report that they consume alcohol excessively
  • 12.5% of adult US women reported binge drinking
  • This is drinking four drinks or more in one sitting
  • In 2011, more than 13.6 million U.S. adult women binge drank an average of three times a month, consuming an average of six drinks
  • 24% of women ages 18 to 24 binge drink
  • Women are at greater risk from the harms of alcohol because they metabolize it differently, raising their risk of breast cancer, bowel cancer, sexually transmitted disease, heart disease and unintended pregnancy

Study by Kanny D, et al “Vital Signs: Binge drinking among women and high school girls - United States, 2011” as published in the Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 2013; 62.  Data taken from the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), totaling 278,000 women and the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), totaling 7,500 U.S. high school girls.  As reported by Robert Brewer, MD, of the CDC, and colleagues and MedPage Today on January 08, 2013.

Posted: Thursday 10 January 2013

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