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CDC: Female binge drinking rises at shocking rates

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The Centers for Disease Control has issued a health warning that says women, especially girls, are binge drinking at alarming rates.

"Never in a 100 years did I think it could happen to us," said Angie Ammon.

She lost her daughter, Molly, at age 19.

"(She was) a great girl, an honor student," she said.

She was found dead during spring break 2011 with a blood alcohol level five times the legal limit.  Ammon has devoted her life to alcohol prevention.  She's not surprised by the CDC's new findings.

"It's just very, very rampant," Ammon said.

The report says one out of eight women binge drinks.  One in five is a high school girl.  It's more common among women 18 to 34, whites and Hispanics with a household income over $75,000.  The CDC report says half of all high school girls who drink say they binge drink.

"Over the past decade the rate of high school boys drinking has fallen, but the rate of high school girls has stayed pretty much constant," CDC Director Thomas Frieden said.

The report doesn't aim to shake its finger at women drinkers.

"No, it's not; it's trying to point out what the hazards might be, and it wants to let women know," said Fox 13 Medical Reporter Dr. Joette Giovinco.

The new report is meant to make women more cautious, but some students say it's difficult to believe.

"I really strongly react to that.  Those are really high numbers.  I personally don't drink that much so I don't know why other women would want to drink that much," said student Phoebe Brown.

Ammon just hopes more girls will call for help if they suspect someone's had too much to drink.

"The second that thought process goes through your head, call an ambulance," she said.

Binge drinking for women is defined as consuming four or more alcohol drinks, such as beer, liquor or wine, at one occasion.

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