There’s nothing better than a night out with all your best girlfriends, dancing the night away and sipping margaritas, cosmos and whatever alcoholic drinks you can get your hands on. In this age, living young, wild and free applies both men and women. And apparently, this #YOLO attitude also applies to the amount of alcohol both genders consume these days.
A study published in BMJ Open found that women are now drinking as much as men, closing the decades-long gender gap in the said aspect.
The study suggested that the close in gender gaps in terms of alcohol consumption is due to women choosing to delay marriage or kids in exchange for an enjoyable, independent life in pursuit of whatever they want. However, this could also spell a negative impact on women – specifically, alcohol addiction.
More career and life choices for women also play a part in this study, suggesting that more opportunities to drink rises when they “improve their education, employment and status.”
According to the study, women are now as likely to drink in a harmful way as men. Men born in the early 1900s were 2.2 times more likely to drink than women and 3 times likely to abuse alcohol. Men were also found to experience alcohol-related harm 3.6 time more than women born in the 1900s. Today, women are catching up and experiencing the same harmful effects of alcohol to men who were born in the 1990s.
In addition, the Center for Control of Diseases says that 12% of adult women reportedly binge-drink 3 times at an average of 5 drinks per binge.
This unhealthy approach to alcohol could disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle and increase the risk of infertility.
Researchers of the study also say that their findings “highlight the importance of further tracking young male and female cohorts as they age into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.”