Men and women may differ in many aspects, but there is still a domain where gender equality seems to have been achieved: men and women have similar drinking habits, new study revealed in the journal of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. The finding worries researchers, who warn that drinking habits could cause health problems to women.
Alcohol consumption has been linked to heart diseases, liver inflammation and instances of cancer, particularly among female consumers, who appear to be much more sensitive than men. Yet, this does not prevent women from abstaining themselves.
The study that researchers from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism have conducted revealed that the gender gap between men and women has been lowered in point of alcohol consumption. The research was conducted in the period between 2002 and 2012 and it presupposed the analysis of data from a previous survey on drug consumption.
Unfortunately, the study has revealed that women drink increasingly larger volumes of alcohol, as opposed to men, where the percentage gets smaller with every passing year. Researchers have made an average concerning how much alcohol men and women consumed in the past 30 days.
They have found out that during the 10-year interval, the percentage grew from 44.9% to 48.3% among women. Men, on the other hand, dropped alcohol consumption from 57.4 percent to 56.1 percent in the same period, proving that men appear to be less interested in this drug.
The average number of drinking days per month has also increased, scientists have concluded. While in 2002 women used to consume alcohol only 6.8 days per month, in 2012 they drink for 7.3 days. There has been a very small decrease among men from 9.9 to 9.5 days between 2002 and 2012.
Before you congratulate your male partners and friends for the good results they have had in the past ten years, there are certain aspects you need to find out. The study has further revealed that men tend to surpass women when it comes to dangerous alcoholic consumption. Increasingly more men like to combine alcohol with marijuana and other drugs.
This might explain the sudden lack of interest in alcohol we have seen among male consumers. There is one activity that men won’t shy away from: they like to drink under the influence and get involved in reckless activities, as the survey showed. Alcohol poisoning is, therefore, much more common among men at present.
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