According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, binge drinking results in about 23,000 deaths in women and girls each year. The problem is especially high among college age girls; 24% of college age girls admit to binge drinking.
Candice Montgomery is a senior at Lamar University and is a past sorority president. She's seen the pressure to drink. She says, "Naturally you're in college there is a pressure to drink, pressure to be one of the guys, to keep up with the guys, to be one of them, to be that girl that can out drink all the guys and you see that every day."
The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more drinks in a short period of time, although the average female drinker downs 6.
Lamar University does not allow alcohol on campus, but officials realize some students will still drink, but they so what they can to combat it. As director of student activities at Lamar, Dakota Doman tries to incorporate alcohol awareness into every program at the Setzer Center. He says, "We're not naive to the point that it's happening. And that's where the alcohol education events come into play, but we try to go up and beyond the call of measure."
Montgomery says that in the recent years the sororities have programs in place to help girls avoid binge drinking. She says, "We do it, not only for our sorority, but for the entire Greek community and that's something we go over new members every semester so they know the dangers and they do know it's possible to die.'
According to the CDC, alcohol causes many more medical issues for women than men. It's been related to breast cancer, heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, just to name a few. The study also found that 50% of 10th grade girls studied, admitted to drinking in the past 30 days. before the study. That number goes up to 62% by they time they are seniors in high school.