research shows women are now drinking nearly as much alcohol
as men. Older studies showed as much as a 12-fold difference
between men and women.
Health, a product of the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
summarized the findings from a study published Tuesday in a
journal called BMJ Open.
create a worldwide picture of drinking between men and women,
researchers at the National Drug and Alcohol research Center
at the University of New South Wales in Australia pooled data
from more than 4 million people who were part of 68
international studies between 1980 and 2014. The sample
included people born as far back as 1981.
study found the rise in drinking amongst women also brought a
rise in the number of women who experience health effects from
gender gap for excessive drinking fell from 3 times higher for
men to 1.2 times.
gender gap for harms associated with drinking fell from 3.6
times higher for men to 1.3 times.
born between 1891 and 1910 were twice as likely as their
female counterparts to drink.
and women born between 1991 and 2000 were about equally likely
Slade, the lead researcher of the study and an epidemiologist
with the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center at the
University of New South Wales in Australia, told MedlinePlus
that drinking has likely become more socially acceptable for
women as they’ve joined the workforce, obtained higher
education and became more financially independent.
researchers said older statistics might have underestimated
the number of women who drank, and how much they drank,
because some hid drinking before it was socially acceptable.
Some also pointed to pressures on women to be a professional
in the workforce along with a housekeeper and mother as
potential reasons for the increase.