Roughly two of every five high school girls drank alcohol within a one-month period, and one in five reported binge drinking, according to a survey published this month by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The survey found that binge drinking is a problem for roughly one of every five women between 11th grade and age 35.
While women ages 18 to 24 were most likely to binge-drink among females (24.2 percent), they were closely followed by women ages 25 to 34 and high-school-age girls.
The study, based on more than 15,500 responses from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, defines binge drinking as consumption of four or more drinks per occasion for women, or five or more for men.
A version of this article appeared in the January 16, 2013 edition of Education Week as Underage Drinking