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It's A Girl Thing

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Information in this section is taken in part from information supplied on the website: www.centurycouncil.org and www.girlsanddrinking.org Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking. “A Guide for the Mom of a Teenage Girl” Information in this section is intended to serve as educational information and is not intended as a treatment guideline for substance abuse.

  • According to surveys…Girls are drinking alcohol:
  • An estimated 4.5 million 12-17 year old Girls report consuming alcohol in the past year.
  • About 39% of 9th grade Girls, usually about 14 years old, report drinking in the past month.
  • Nearly 17% of Girls ages 12-20 reported binge drinking (5 or more drinks in a row) in the past month.

How substance abuse affects Girls

Depression, Girls and Alcohol

  • Teenage Girls experience depression 50% more than teenage boys, regardless of how much alcohol they drink.
  • Girls ages 12-16 who are current drinkers are 4 times more likely than their non-drinking peers to suffer depression.
  • Young Girls who are heavy drinkers are more likely than boys to say they drink to escape problems or because frustration and anger. Severe cases of depression can lead to suicide.