BINGE DRINKING BY FEMALE BOOMERS INCREASING AT A HIGHER RATE THAN MEN

Apr 01, 2017

By Bob Sheppard

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A new study says heavy drinking is more prevalent among American female baby boomers than their male counterparts.

According to the study, binge drinking by older American women is increasing more than ever before.

The research by the U-S National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism showed that during their 17-year study period, the prevalence of binge drinking overall remained stable, but among women, it increased at an aveage of nearly four percent per year.

The study collected data from over 65-thousand men and women aged 60 and older and who were current drinkers.

It defined binge drinking as having five or more drinks in one session for a man and four or more drinks in one session for a woman.

6,500 of the men in the study were binge drinkers; 1,700 of the women were.

Study researchers say that between 1997 and 2014, their data showed that the proportion of older male drinkers in the U-S population increased by about one percentage point per year, while the female increase was close to two percent.

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