Alcohol: An Unwelcome Equality

In multiple measures of alcohol use, including alcohol consumption in the past 30 days, drinking days per month and binge drinking, women in the US are approaching equality with men.

The troubling findings, published in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, are based on data from yearly national surveys between 2002 and 2012.

The diminishing drinking gap is particularly concerning because women have an elevated risk for serous alcohol-related health problems, including liver inflammation, cardiovascular disease, neurotoxicity and cancer, according to George F. Koob director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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