1 in 8 US women 'binge drink'

Binge drink

One in eight US women engage in binge drinking, a new report has revealed.

The report from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also found that the rate increased to one in five among high school girls.

According to the CDC, excessive alcohol was involved in about 23,000 deaths among women and girls each year.

Of these deaths, the agency estimated that binge drinking was guilty for about 12,000 deaths annually.

In its report, the agency found that the overall occurrence of binge drinking in women over the age of 18 was 12.5 percent, with an average of 3.2 episodes per month and 5.7 drinks per episode, ABC News reported.

They also found that it was most frequent among women aged 18 to 24, with 24 percent of women stating that they had an episode of binge drinking in the past one month.

Among high school girls, 38 percent admitted of alcohol use, with just over half of current users confessing to binge drinking.

Binge drinking behaviour went up as girls got older, with 27 percent of 12th grade girls reporting binge drinking, compared to 13 percent of 9th grade girls.

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