Alcohol Gender Gap Is Closing
Throughout history, men have typically consumed more alcohol than women. However, that is changing at a rate that’s unprecedented.
A study analysis published in BMJ Open looked at alcohol pattern data collected from 1948 to 2014 and involving more than 4 million people. In the early 1900s, men were twice as likely to drink and four times more likely to develop an alcohol-related condition than women. By the late 1900s, men were 1.1 times more likely to drink alcohol than women, and 1.2 times more likely to have a disorder related to drinking.
Worldwide, alcohol use is a leading cause for disease. In 2012, it contributed to 3.3 million deaths globally. As the gender gap closes, women are becoming increasingly at risk from the harmful effects of alcohol. It’s important to develop intervention and alcohol abuse prevention programs that target both men and women.
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