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.