|Teens high on list of US binge drinkers
Binge drinking is an under-recognized problem among women in America, nearly 14 million of whom engage in it about three times a month, downing about six drinks each time, says a study.
The practice is most common among women aged 18 to 34 as well as high school students, whites, Hispanics and women with household incomes of US$75,000 or more, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, AFP reports.
CDC defines binge drinking as having four or more drinks on a given occasion for women and girls.
And half of all high school girls who drink alcohol admit binge drinking, said the new study.
Excessive drinking, including binge drinking, is responsible for about 23,000 deaths among women and girls in the United States each year.
The study emphasized that hard drinking puts women at increased risk for many conditions such as breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and heart disease.
For this study, the agency examined the drinking behavior of 278,000 US women aged 18 and older and more than 7,500 high school students over the course of 30 days in 2011.