Binge drinking in college-aged women: Framing a gender-specific prevention strategy

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Abstract

Purpose

To provide an overview of binge drinking in college-aged women and to suggest strategies for nurse practitioners (NPs) to assist women in preventing the negative consequences associated with this behavior.

Data sources

Original research articles and comprehensive review articles identified through Medline, CINAHL, and OVID databases.

Conclusions

Researchers have shown that the rates of binge drinking in college-aged women are increasing, which places these women at increased risk for the long-term complications associated with alcohol use.

Implications for practice

NPs must be aware of this phenomenon and carefully screen women for high-risk alcohol use. Prevention strategies are reviewed and include the use of brief motivational interviews delivered during individual client encounters as well as through Web-based programs.

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