PITTSBURG, KS.--- Alcohol on a college campus is not uncommon, but binge drinking amongst young women is slowly increasing. According to the Center for Disease Control, more college-aged women are binge drinking, which is identified as having six or more drinks in a small time span. The CDC reports one in eight women engage in binge drinking, which figures to almost 14 million U.S. women.
"As a student, I see a lot of people that like to go out and party at the Frats, or pregame somewhere else and then go to the Frats. And a lot of people tend to over drink because they're just having too good of a time and they're not sure when to stop," said Samantha Barbosa, Pittsburg State University Sophomore.
The study found that of those 14 million women, 24% of them are age 18 to 24. One student group on Pitt State's campus, Gorillas in Your Midst, is working to raise awareness of young women and the harmful effects of binge drinking.
"Gorillas in Your Midst came and talked to us, and they told us all the statistics for drinking. All the statistics for unsafe sex or safe sex, or anything like that. It just brought me to a new level of awareness with the school," said Barbosa.
Binge drinking is considered more dangerous for women because their bodies respond to alcohol differently. When women binge drink, they are more prone to cancer, heart and liver disease, unwanted pregnancies, STD's and sexual assault.
"The number one date rape drug is not perhiphanol, or some other date-rape drug they put in your drink, it's alcohol," said J.T. Knoll, Student Wellness Coordinator.
High school girls and women age 25 to 34 tie as the second largest groups who engage in binge drinking. The effects of excessive drinking are always alarming, but statistics also show us only a minority engage in this risky behavior. The majority of young adults try to stay safe and that was evident from Pitt State's efforts.
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