Women Starting to Match Men’s Drinking Habits

By ROBERT PREIDT

HEALTHDAY November 25, 2015, 10:55 AM

American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows.

The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent.

“We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males,” study leader Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), said in an institute news release.

“Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing,” he added.

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