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Deciphering alcoholism and binge drinking abuse

  • Shocking documentary exposes world of binge drinking
  • CDC defines binge drinking as consuming more than four drinks per session for a female

A shocking new documentary called "FADED: Girls & Binge Drinking" exposes the world of binge drinking by taking viewers into the lives of four young women devastated by it.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says binge drinking, as far as females are concerned, is consuming more than four drinks per session.

But when can this type of drinking become defined as alcoholism?

“A great way to differentiate whether a kid has early alcoholism versus binge abuse … is [asking whether] there is alcoholism in the family,” Dr. Drew said.

Hear his full explanation in the video clip above.

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