Binge drinking remains an under-recognized women's health problem, despite being linked to serious health issues and the deaths of about 12,000 U.S. women and girls per year, the CDC said on Tuesday. Researchers assessed drinking behaviors of about 278,000 women ages 18 and older, and 7,500 high-school girls in 2011, and found that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 5 high-school girls reported binge drinking.

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