Report Says One In Five High School Girls Binge Drink [AUDIO]
A new Center for Disease Control report shows on average, one in five high school girls routinely binge drink.
One in 5 high school girls binge drink, which is nearly as high as the binge drinking rates among high school boys.
The report indicates that, while binging among men and boys has fallen, rates among women and girls haven't changed much in 15 years.
"Although binge drinking is more of a problem among men and boys, binge drinking is an important and under-recognized women's health issue," said Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director. Pregnant women and underage youth should not drink at all, according to Frieden.
Steven Liga of the National Council on Alcoholic and Drug Dependence says part of the problem is beverage companies offering more products these days that appeal to females. So what do we do?
Liga says, "Parents need to know, doctors need to know, and i think just basic good evidence-based prevention is called for. We know things that work, we unfortunately don't always use them because they take work."
The CDC also points out that female bingers are more prone to heart disease, cancer, stroke and liver disease.