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The Shrinking Gap Between Men and Women's Alcohol Use and Abuse

THE SHRINKING GẶP BETWEEN MEN WOMEN'S ALCOHOL USE AND ABUSE The number of Americans who drink has remained static since 2005 56% of Americans drink alcohol MEN DRINK MORE THAN WOMEN ON AVERAGE At least 1 drink in the past year: 60% 72% (men) (women) At least 3 drinks per day: 42% of men 20% of women •0.: 13% of women who consume alcohol have more than 7 drinks per week Binge drinking episodes per year: X. 12.5 2.7 Alcohol dependence over one's lifetime: 17% of men 8% of women AN ESCALATING PROBLEM While men currently drink more than women-on average-women have been steadily catching up in terms of heavy and binge drinking rates. Since 2005: Heavy drinking in the U.S. has increased Binge drinking in the U.S. has increased 8.9% 17.2% IN 2012: 8.2% of Americans were heavy drinkers Yo 18.3% were binge drinkers WOMEN OUTPACING MEN Rate of binge drinking in women increased more than 7 times that of men between 2002 and 2012. Binge Drinking Rates Between 2005 - 2012: 17.5%t 4.9%t 2005 2012 EFFECTS OF HEAVY DRINKING IN WOMEN Women experience alcohol-abuse problems at lower levels of drinking than men Women weigh less than men, which leads to higher blood alcohol content (BAC) levels Women who drink heavily are more likely than men to develop liver and heart disease Even 1 drink per day increases the risk of breast cancer in women SOURCES http://www.miramaraddictionandrehabcenters.com/ http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/mens-health.htm http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/special-popula- tions-co-occurring-disorders/women http://www.healthdata.org/news-release/heavy-drink- ing-and-binge-drinking-rise-sharply-us-counties http://www.ibtimes.com/alcoholism-gen- der-gap-why-are-more-us-women-becoming-problem-drinkers-316486 http://www.freepik.com/ MIRAMAR GETTING WELL STAYING WELL

The Shrinking Gap Between Men and Women's Alcohol Use and Abuse

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Although males reportedly drink more often and more heavily than their female counterparts, women have steadily been closing the gap. The effect of this new trend could unfortunately lead more women ...

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