Counselor Talks About Effects of Binge Drinking


HARRISONBURG, Va. -- According to a recent report by Healthday, binge drinking is a big problem among women and girls.

Research show that one in five female high school students binge drink on a regular basis.

Crystal Myers, a clinically certified counselor with RMH Healthcare, said that there are a number of problems.

When women drink at that leavel, they are at risk for breast cancer, heart disease and even unintended pregnancies.

Myers said those risks are present because when they drink, they're more likely to take part in risky behavior.

About 23,000 women and girls die each year because of drinking too much.

Research shows there are emotionial dangers with this, including depression and the risk of sexual assault.

With peer pressure being present with women 18 years old to 34 years old, alcohol reduces inhibitions.

Myers said what's dangerous is that women's bodies really process alcohol differently.

"So one good way to think about that is if you envision two different sized buckets and they're both full of water and you take the same amount of alcohol and pour it into each bucket. Well of course the smaller bucket is going to have a greater concentration of alcohol than the larger bucket would," said Myers.

Myers said the key to cutting down on binge drinking is being able to talk to young adults or teens without judgement.

Whether or not they think that it could happen to them, Myers recommends that young adults and teens talk with parents or a doctor.

The recommended guidelines by doctors call for women to have no more than one drink a day.

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