CDC: Binge Drinking on Rise Among Young Women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking among American teen girls is increasing.

The CDC—in a study unveiled Tuesday—showed that one in five teen girls participate in binge drinking about three times a month. The CDC pointed to availability and affordability of alcohol as chief culprits in the disturbing trend.

The analysis, Vital Signs, was published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and also showed that one in eight women over the age of 18 admitted to binge drinking in 2011, downing an average of six drinks per binge.

The authors said binge drinking is contributing to 23,000 deaths each year, in addition to more than 600,000 years of potential life lost for women and girls in the United States. The lost years can be linked to increases of breast cancer, heart disease and sexually transmitted diseases. It may also lead to sudden infant death syndrome, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and an increased risk for ADHD if pregnant women binge drink.

About 45 percent of high-school freshmen girls admitted to binge drinking, which gradually increased to about 62 percent of high-school senior girls.

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