CDC: 1 in 4 high school students binge drinking

October 5, 2010

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.

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