The women caught all but even with men in return routes alcohol, a global study of the drinking habits shows.
Analysis of four million people born between 1891 and 2001, showed that men used to be much more likely to drink and suffer from resulting health problems.
The report says the British Medical Journal Open, but the current generation and closed the gap to a great extent.
The changing roles of men and women in society partly explain step towards drinking parity.
The study showed that people who were born in the early 1900s, it was the men:
- More than twice as likely such women to drink alcohol at all (2.2 times)
- An average of three times more to drink to problematic levels
- And 3.6 times susceptible to health problems from drinking, such as liver cirrhosis
But over the decades that followed, the gap closed so that those who were born in the end of the century were all men:
- 1.1 times more likely such women to drink alcohol at all
- And the much lower 1.2 times more than drinking to problematic levels
- And 1.3 times susceptible to health problems from drinking
The staff at the University of New South Wales in Australia, analyzed data from people all over the world – even though it was heavily skewed towards North America and Europe.
They concluded: “Alcohol use was offered disorders caused by alcohol abuse as a phenomenon historically male.
“The study calls this assumption into question and indicate that young women, in particular, should be the target of a concerted effort to reduce the impact of drug abuse and related damage.”
Said Professor Mark Petticrew, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: “We have men and women’s roles changed over the decades, and this is likely to account for some of these trends – but not all.
“The increased availability of alcohol also plays an important role, as well as the way in which alcohol marketing is often aimed specifically at women and young women in particular.
“Health professionals need to help the audience – men and women – to understand the health risks of alcohol consumption, and how to reduce those risks.”