A new report states that binge drinking in women and girls has become a huge problem in our society, not widely recognized though. Binge drinking has been a factor in 23,000 deaths each year in girls and women. Do you know if your daughter, wife, sister, or mother is at risk of binge drinking?
A study done by the Center for Diseases (CDC), shows that girls in high school and women between the ages of 18-34, are the highest risks for binge drinking. Of the girls that are among freshmen in high school, 45% report binge drinking, and the percentages goes up as the girls advance in high school. The study mentions that women with an annual income of more than $75,000 are high at risk as well, one’s community and relationships are also a factor in this.
Binge drinking often leads to unplanned pregnancies, and sometimes even unknown pregnancies, and can be harmful to your baby. It is never safe to drink while pregnant; this could lead to miscarriages, stillbirth, premature births, and low birth weight. Lifelong disabilities could be present in your child as they grow older, such as, ADHD, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and even behavioral disabilities.
As your chosen doctor, we are committed to making sure that if you are suffering from binge drinking or know someone who is, you will get the help that you deserve. Whether it be advising you on the repercussions of what this can do to your health, and your unborn babies, or directing one to counseling that can help get binge drinking under control. If you need or think you might need assistance, please set up an appointment today, 248.923.9223.
Infographic courtesy of CDC.