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While the effects of alcohol abuse are well known, “binge drinking is an important and under-recognized women’s health issue,” according to Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recent report looked at the drinking behavior of approximately 278,000 U.S. women aged 18 and older and 7,500 U.S. high school girls, and found that:

  • 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high school girls report binge drinking;
  • half of all high school girls who drink alcohol report binge drinking;
  • drinking too much, including binge drinking, causes 23,000 deaths among women and girls in the U.S. each year; and
  • 14 million U.S. women binge drink three times a month and consume an average of six drinks per binge.

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