CDC: 1 in 5 high school girls binge drinks

Posted: 7:00 PM EST Jan 08, 2013   Updated: 4:02 PM EST Jan 10, 2013

An alarming report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in five teenage girls binge drinks.

The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks, but treatment specialists at Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville said it goes beyond the number of drinks or how often one consumes alcohol.

"If a woman is not able to stop drinking when people around her do. So, somebody might be able to have three glasses of wine, however, when they do, they end up with significant consequences," said Erin Goodhart, a clinical supervisor of the primary care women's unit at Caron Treatment Centers.

Goodhart said there are many warning signs. For adolescences, "peer pressure tends to be a big piece of adolescence abusing alcohol or drugs. Another big red flag is missing significant change in friends, social settings, where they spend their time," said Goodhart.

Addiction specialists also said binge drinking does not only impact the individual that's consuming the alcohol. For mothers especially, Goodhart stated it impacts their parenting.

"They do have all these roles as primary caretakers to children, being professionals outside the home. There's been a lot more shame around women being chemically more dependent," said Goodhart, who added that it is never too late seek help. "I think it's good that there's more spotlight on this so that women can get the quality treatment that they need and deserve."