CDC: Female binge drinking serious health problem

January 8, 2013 2:23:47 PM PST
In a new report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking among women and girls is a serious health problem that's under-recognized.

The study reveals about one in eight women and one in five high school girls binge drink.

That's defined as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks, such as beer, liquor or wine at one occasion.

The study also finds binge drinking was most common among women ages 18-34.

There are special concerns with females binging because they metabolize alcohol differently from men and boys.

And the CDC warns binge drinking puts women at a higher risk for breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease and unintended pregnancy.