When you think of binge drinking you might picture college students at parties or bars, but shocking new findings show binge drinking is common among high school girls.
Every one in five high school females binge drinks. That's according to a study released this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's typically girls between the ages of 14 and 18.
"I don't think that you can honestly approach one teenager in this entire nation that doesn't know someone who was or is involved with underage drinking," said high school senior Madison Brock.
The CDC said for females, binge drinking is considered the consumption of at least four drinks in one sitting, which could lead to liver disease, cancer or even death.
Brock agrees this is a critical issue that can affect some people long term.
"I mean it's extremely dangerous. It has so many risks. It renders brain development and it can often lead to addiction, and there's a huge risk of teens getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after a night of drinking at a party. The life consequences are just not worth it," Brock said.
In the metro area alone, that's including Hinds, Rankin and Madison Counties, the number of female minors listed as Mississippi residents who have been charged with DUI in 2012 is 29. This number could be higher because females arrested in late December have not yet made their first court appearance. Also, this number does not factor in minors who were non-adjudicated, meaning their record will eventually be cleared because of good behavior. Nor does it include arrests of out of state residents.
"They're not only taking their own lives into their hands, they're taking other people's lives into their hands. Getting pulled over and getting a DUI ruins the rest of their entire life," Brock said.
The statistics agree, the CDC said of the estimated 23,000 annual deaths attributed to excessive alcohol use among women and girls, binge drinking was responsible for more than half of those deaths.
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