Women Are Now Drinking As Much Alcohol As Men, Study Finds

Posted: Oct 25 2016, 3:45am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 25 2016, 3:53am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Women are Now Drinking as Much Alcohol as Men, Study Finds
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Women are not only catching up to men in alcohol consumption but also in harms associated with it

It’s a well-known fact that men drink more alcohol than women and it happens equally everywhere. But recently, a contrasting trend in male and female alcohol consumption has been observed.

According to a latest research, women are now drinking nearly as much alcohol as men and the longstanding differences between men and women in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms might be narrowing.

“Alcohol use and alcohol-use disorders have historically been viewed as a male phenomenon. The present study calls this assumption into question and suggests that young women in particular should be the target of concerted efforts to reduce the impact of substance use and related harms.” Researchers from National Drug and Alcohol Research Center of University of New South Wales said in a statement.

Researchers have reached the conclusion after analyzing data from 68 relevant studies published worldwide between 1948 and 2014. They looked at three broad categories: any alcohol use, problematic alcohol use, and amount of damage done to the health as a result of problematic alcohol use in both male and female. Then, they divided the people into groups depending on when they were born and used this data to determine man and woman drinking pattern over the years.

Researchers found that men born between 1891 and 1910 were 2.2 times more likely to consume alcohol than women born in that time period. By contrast, the rates of alcohol consumption were nearly equal in the men and women born between 1991 and 2000, with men just 1.1 times more likely to consume alcohol than women.

Not only male and female drinking patterns become more similar over the years but their rates of problematic alcohol use and harms associated with excessive alcohol consumption also become similar, especially in last 15 to 25 years.

“Drinking at home has continued to increase and because alcohol is so cheap and easily available it’s become an everyday grocery item. We’ve also seen a concerted effort from the alcohol industry to market products and brands specifically to women.” Emily Robinson, director of campaigns at Alcohol Concern, who was not involved in the study said.

While the findings are concerning, they may have implications for preventing alcohol use and for introducing relevant intervention programs.

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