CDC: 1 in 4 high school students binge drinking

October 5, 2010 9:16:37 AM PDT
One in four high school students binge drink, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The numbers are the same for young adults between the ages of 18 and 34.

The CDC defines binge drinking as four or more drinks for women, and five or more drinks for men, consumed over a short period of time.

Among adults, the CDC reports men are more than twice as likely to binge drink as women.

Drinking too much alcohol causes 79,000 deaths a year.

Binge drinking increases many health risks, including fatal car crashes, contracting a sexually transmitted disease, date violence and drug overdoses.