Women's Health

Women Now As Likely To Drink As Men

Sadly, they still are paid less than men, but women have apparently caught up with men in alcohol consumption. HealthDay reports on research conducted at the University of New South imgresWales, where social scientists studied data from more than 4 million people who were part of 68 international studies published between 1980 and 2014. The researchers, who focused on three categories: any alcohol use, excessive use, and health and social problems related to drinking, found that men born between 1891 and 1910 were twice as likely as their female counterparts to drink alcohol. My, what a difference 100 years makes! Men and women born between 1991 and 2000 were about equally likely to drink. The researchers also found that the gender gap for excessive drinking fell from 3 times higher for men to 1.2 times, and the gender gap for harms associated with drinking fell from 3.6 times higher for men to 1.3 times. Doing the math, the researchers concluded that the gender gap for drinking fell by 3.2 percent with each successive five-year generation, but was steepest among those born from 1966 onward.

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