The Face Of Binge Drinking In America Is A 60+ White Woman


Summer — the season of binge-drinking — is upon us. And who is likely to be knocking back more than a few? Older girls, according to a study by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

More older American girls are boozing — and boozing more heavily. The number of women over 60 who binge sip has been rising at a speed that rivals the sea-levels — and outstripping the rate for older men.

Researcher Rosalind Breslow of the NIAAA analyzed boozing patterns among 65,000 men and women 60 and older between 1997 and 2014. The percentage of women who binge-drink jump-start nearly 4 percent a year, while the proportion of men who did the same remained steady. There were still more binge-drinking men than girls, though — 1,700 girls to more than 6,500 men.

Binge drinking is a pattern of booze that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration( BAC) to 0.08 grams percentage or above. This typically occurs when men eat 5 or more boozes, and when women eat four or more boozes, in about 2 hours. A drink is 1.5 ounce of spirits, 5 ounces of wine, or 12 ounces of brew.

The study authors theorized about the reasons for the projected increase and the usual supposes were rounded down: loneliness as girls outlive their spouses, financial fears in retirement based on limited career earnings, caregiving that gas stress, and empty nest syndrome when children not only leave for college, but settle in other parts of the country for jobs. While valid, all those reasons relate to the roles girls have traditionally played.

Some even realise the increasing number of boozing among women to be an offshoot of progress in other areas. Women born after World War II were more likely to go to college and join the workforce than before. Greater work opportunities of course means greater occupational stress — and women may be looking at alcohol to allay stress. Cardiovascular disease is now the number one cause of death among women.

Or the push toward heavier booze could be research results of this simple transformation: As the stigma once attached to women’s booze disappeared, more alcohol advertising was directed at them.

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The Washington Post reported that a new kind of advertising made an association between women’s liberation and heavy booze.

Last year, The Washington Post took a look at how alcohol was being marketed to girls, and noted that,” Instead of selling alcohol with sex and intrigue, these[ social media] ads had an edgier theme: Harried mothers chugging wine to cope with everyday stress. Women espousing quart-sized bottles of whiskey, and bellying up to bars to knock back vodka shots with men .”

The Post reported that this new kind of advertising made the association between women’s liberation and heavy booze, and said it both heralded and promoted a profound cultural transformation:” Women in America are boozing far more, and far more frequently, than their mothers or grandmothers did, and alcohol intake is killing them in record numbers .”

White girls are particularly likely to sip dangerously, with more than 25 percentage booze multiple times a few weeks and the share of orgy boozing up 40 percentage since 1997, according a Washington Post analysis of federal health data. In 2013, more than a million women working in all races wound up in emergency rooms as a result of heavy booze,” with women in middle age most likely to suffer severe intoxication ,” the Post reported.

Whatever is prompting the uptick in women’s orgy booze, the final result is that it’s not good for their health. Women have a higher blood alcohol concentration than men at any level of alcohol intake, and are most likely suffer the consequences of alcohol abuse. For instance, the risk of alcohol-related liver illness and memory loss is higher for women than for men, according to the Middle for Disease Control and Prevention.

Most health authorities recommend that girls limit their alcohol consumption to seven boozes a few weeks, with no more than three boozes at one sitting.

The study results were reported online March 24, 2017, by Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research .

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