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Drinking More Like Men? Study Finds Female Alcohol Habits Are Changing

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Nov 2015 03:16 PM

American women are drinking more like men, whereas male drinking habits are beginning to resemble female’s, according to a new research study released on Monday.

A survey distributed amongst men and women in the U.S. from the National Institutes of Health found that the percentage of women who had consumed an alcoholic beverage in the past 30 days had risen from 45 percent to 48 percent, according to CNBC. That same survey found that the percentage of men who had consumed alcohol over that same period had fallen slightly from 57.4 to 56 percent. These statistics held especially true amongst college-aged men and women.

"Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing," said Aaron White of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), according to CNBC.

Researchers from the NIAAA studied data compiled from 2002 to 2012 as they analyzed the reasons behind why women’s drinking habits increased as men’s habits slightly decreased, according to Trinity Daily News. The data showed that women had reported drinking alcohol more often during a month-long period — 6.8 days per month to 7.3 days per month. Men, on the other hand, reported a marginally decreased number, slipping from 9.9 to 9.5 days per month.

The study also showed that more women are engaging in binge drinking, especially college students who admitted to consuming more than five drinks per day on a single occasion, Trinity Daily News noted.

Despite these shifting numbers and trends, American men still drink more heavily than American women, with men consuming 18 liters of pure alcohol per year compared to women’s 7.8 liters, according to CNBC. And while 37 percent of women claim that they abstain from alcohol, 25 percent of men refrain from drinking.

"Excessive drinking caused 87,797 deaths annually from 2006 to 2010, of which two-thirds of decedents were males (62,104 males vs. 25,693 females)," the NIAAA team added in the “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research” journal, according to CNBC.

One other difference between the sexes was also noted regarding mixing alcohol with drug consumption.

“The prevalence of combining alcohol with marijuana during the last drinking occasion among 18 to 25 year old male drinkers increased from 15 percent to 19 percent . . . while the prevalence of combining alcohol with marijuana during the last drinking occasion among 18 to 25 year old female drinkers remained steady at about 10 percent,” White said, according to Fusion.

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