Blog: Four drinks or more? You might be a binge drinker

2013-01-09T06:45:00Z Blog: Four drinks or more? You might be a binge drinkerStephanie Innes Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 09, 2013 6:45 am  • 

Nearly 14 million American women binge drink at least three times per month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Federal officials define binge drinking among women and girls as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion. They say it's a problem because binge drinking puts women at higher risk for breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and heart disease, among other things.

Alcohol-related vehicle crashes cost Arizonans over 600 million dollars annually.

And in Arizona, alcohol is consumed more frequently than all illicit drugs combined and is the drug most associated with injury or death.

Federal officials say binge drinking among women and girls is dangerous but not widely recognize.

"It is alarming to see that binge drinking is so common among women and girls and that women and girls are drinking so much when they do," Dr. Robert Brewer of the CDC's Alcohol Program told reporters on Tuesday.

"The good news is that the same scientifically proven strategies for communities and clinical settings that we know can prevent binge drinking in the overall population can also work to prevent binge drinking among women and girls."

Binge drinking was most common among women aged 18-34 and high school girls, whites and Hispanics, and women with household incomes of $75,000 or more, a CDC report found. Half of all high school girls who drink alcohol report binge drinking.

Anyone concerned about their own or someone else's binge drinking can call 1-800-662-HELP to receive assistance from the national Drug and Alcohol Treatment Referral Routing Service.

 

 

 

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Arizona Daily Star health reporter Stephanie Innes brings you the latest health information. Contact her at sinnes@tucson.com

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