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Binge Drinking: A Serious, Under-Recognized Problem Among Women and Girls infographic text

Risks for women and girls

  • Injuries
    • motor vehicle crashes
    • falls
    • drowning
  • Violence
    • homicide
    • suicide
    • intimate partner violence
    • sexual assault
  • Chronic diseases
    • high blood pressure
    • heart disease
    • stroke
    • liver disease
    • cancer of the breast, liver, mouth, and throat
  • Reproductive health
    • unintended pregnancy
    • sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV
  • Alcohol dependence/alcoholism
  • Learning and memory problems
  • If pregnant
    • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
    • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and low birth weight
    • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) which include physical, behavioral, and learning disabilities

Which women and girls are most likely to binge drink?

  • Women aged 18-34 and high school girls
  • Whites & Hispanics
  • Women with household incomes above $75,000

Binge drinking* among women and high school girls by age group

  • High School - 20%
  • Ages 18-24 - 24%
  • Ages 25-34 - 20%
  • Ages 35-44: 15%
  • Ages 45-64: 10%
  • Ages ≥65: 3%

Binge drinking* by race/ethnicity among women and high school girls

  • Hispanic: 22% Girls, 11% Women
  • White, non-Hispanic: 22% Girls, 13% Women
  • Other, non-Hispanic†: 17% Girls, 11% Women
  • Black, non-Hispanic: 10% Girls, 10% Women

†Other non-Hispanic includes Asian, Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and multiracial.

Binge drinking* among high school students reporting current alcohol use* by grade

  • Grade 9: 45%
  • Grade 10: 50%
  • Grade 11: 58%
  • Grade 12: 62%

*reported behavior in the past 30 days

SOURCES: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), 2011.


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