Binge Drinking On The Rise

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:38am

Study finds number of women consider binge drinkers increasing.

For many people the idea of binge drinking brings up images of college parties and people downing shots, but according to the Centers for Disease Control an average woman drinking four or more drinks over two hours is considered a binge drinker.

There is scientific evidence a growing number of young women fall into that category.

A University of Texas Southwestern study of 85,000 thousand respondents looked at drinking trends starting in 1992.

Over the course of nearly 20 years white women consumed more drinks per person.

Among women, white women were more likely than hispanic and African-American women to binge, drinking five or more drinks a day.

Why?

Dr. Raul Caetano, the author of the study says social acceptance is a huge factor.

"There are many more women with careers, many more women with professional lives and many more opportunities for social interaction and those opportunities have many more opportunities for drinking," he says.

Most women say they're more self-sufficient than ever before, and they say binge drinking is easy when drinks are served at almost every activity.

While the study finds women still don't quite match men when it comes to boozing, if the upward curve continues, those lines could get blurry.

The U-T Southwestern study was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
 

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