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Binge Drinking Among Women of Childbearing Age

Study looks at dangers of alcohol consumption

More than 10% of pregnant women aged 18 to 44 years reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days and better than 3% reported binge drinking (consuming 4 or more drinks on an occasion) in the same time period, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report based on 2011-2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Among nonpregnant women, the prevalence of any alcohol use and binge drinking in the past 30 days was 53.6% and 18.2%, respectively. The study also found:

• Similar to nonpregnant women, about one-third of pregnant women who consume alcohol engage in binge drinking

• Among binge drinkers, pregnant women reported a significantly higher frequency of binge drinking than nonpregnant women (4.6 and 3.1 episodes, respectively).

• Evidence-based strategies such as alcohol screening and brief intervention would be expected to reduce binge drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age.

Citation: Tan CH, Denny CH, Cheal NE, Sniezek JE, Kanny D. Alcohol use and binge drinking among women of childbearing age – United States, 2011-2013. MMWR. 2015;64(37);1042-1046.