Centers for Disease Control: Binge drinking up among young women

Report: 1 in 4 college-age women and 1 in 5 high school girls binge drink

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SAN ANTONIO - A new report released Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said binge drinking is up among young women.

20 percent of high school girls, 24 percent of college-age women, and 20 percent of women ages 25-34 binge drink.

Binge drinking in women is defined by the CDC as consuming four or more drinks on one occasion.

1 in 8 women of all ages in the United States binge drink, according to the report.

The main concern for local educators, however, lies in the younger age group.

"They try and get more bang for their buck and so sometimes they turn to liquor," said Amanda Graves, a health coordinator for UTSA.

She said the university combats the issue through prevention and education. AlcoholEdu, an online program required for all incoming freshmen, is required.

"The program just makes sure students are aware of the basics of what a drink consists of, the consequences of a blood alcohol content that is too high, and what to look for when it comes to alcohol poisoning," said Graves.

"That education is necessary for young women because they're now free," said Kelsey Bratcher, of UTSA Student Affairs. "They can now make their own decisions and sometimes they're not ready for the consequences."

To learn more about the CDC report, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/bingedrinkingfemale/index.html

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