Prof Plant said the number of teenagers binged
rinking was of particular concern and was unlikely to be just a blip in the figures.
Women were also asked if they binged
on alcohol (consumed at least five drinks at one sitting) during each period.
The six-week study involved 36 patients who had binge-eating disorder according to criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV, and who binged
a minimum of three times per week.
In analyses accounting for other risk factors, white women who reported preconception binge drinking had 60% higher odds of unintended pregnancy than women who had not binged
Fraternity or sorority membership is the biggest predictor of bingeing -- 65 percent of members binged
in the nationwide Harvard study.
Nine percent of students in the sample met standard criteria for alcohol dependence, and 54% had binged
(defined as having had five drinks in a row for men and four in a row for women) during the two weeks preceding the survey.
Ninety percent of participants who had been chronic adolescent binge drinkers reported inconsistent use, compared with 80% of those who had never binged