Binge Drinking Increases Health Risks for Women

As part of Alcohol Awareness Month, federal health officials are reminding women to avoid binge drinking because of the dangerous health effects associated with this behavior.

Binge drinking is when a women consumes four or more drinks or when a man has five or more drinks. Unfortunately, this common and dangerous habit contributes to more than 11,500 deaths among women nationwide every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Women who binge drink are at greater risk for breast cancer, heart disease and stroke – all leading causes of death for women.

CDC officials urge all women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to avoid drinking alcohol. All fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are preventable.

Women who choose to drink should drink in moderation. Federal guidelines say women should limit their intake to one drink per day. For men, it’s two drinks.

Additionally, women who drink excessively should seek help from their doctor. Screening and behavioral counseling can significantly decrease the number of drinks a woman has per week and the number of times she engages in binge drinking.

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