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The Alarming Prevalence of Binge Drinking Among Women in the U.S.


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The fact that the Facebook group "Moms Who Need Wine" has over 660,000 likes may be a sign of the times. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that white, college-educated women are the most likely to binge drink -- meaning they consume four or more alcoholic drinks during one session. The number of women arrested for drunken driving is also rising, and one in five high school girls report they are binge drinking. We discuss the rising problem of alcohol abuse by women and why well-educated women are the most likely to binge drink.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Dr. Bob Brewer, leader of the Alcohol Program in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Gabrielle Glaser, journalist and author of "Her Best-Kept Secret: Why Women Drink and How They Can Regain Control"
  • Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford School of Medicine; research scientist at the VA medical center in Palo Alto; and former senior policy advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Sarah Mart, director of research at Alcohol Justice, the alcohol industry watchdog

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