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Binge drinking serious problem for US women: Study

Published on Jan 9, 2013 6:08 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Binge drinking is an under-recognised problem for US women, nearly 14 million of whom engage in it about three times a month, downing about six drinks each time, says a study released on Tuesday.

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 (S$92,200) or more, said the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That US government institution 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 to 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. "Binge drinking causes many health problems, and there are proven ways to prevent excessive drinking," said CDC Director Thomas Frieden.

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