Recent analysis by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has found that the gap in alcohol consumption between men and women is narrowing in the United States. Regarding his study, Aaron White, PhD, says, “differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males.”
“Dr. White and his colleagues found that the percentage of people who drank alcohol in the previous 30 days increased for females from 44.9 percent to 48.3 percent, but decreased for males from 57.4 percent to 56.1 percent between 2002 and 2012.”
This increase in alcohol consumption is particularly alarming for women as it puts them at a greater risk for alcohol-related health effects, including liver inflammation, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity, and cancer.
Dr. White and his colleagues note that additional studies are needed to identify the psychosocial and environmental contributors to the changes noted above and to assess their implications for prevention and treatment efforts.