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Is binge drinking more dangerous for girls?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

According to the CDC, binge drinking results in nearly 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year and increases the chances of unintended pregnancies, diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease and sexually transmitted diseases.

Girls’ bodies respond to alcohol differently than men’s. It takes less alcohol for women to get intoxicated because of their size and how they process alcohol. 

If women binge drink while pregnant, they risk exposing their developing baby to high levels of alcohol, increasing the chances the baby will be harmed by the mother’s alcohol use.

Dr. Robin Miller, MD
Internal Medicine

Binge drinking is bad for any teen's health, but do girls face greater risks than boys? In this video, Dr. Robin Miller discusses the disturbing findings that show why girls (and their parents) need to be particularly concerned.


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