Women’s Increasing Rate of Alcohol Consumption

Women’s Increasing Rate of Alcohol Consumption

Women Are Binge drinking more than 10 years ago.

Women have started trying to drink like the boys in record numbers. The last decade has seen a marked increase in the number of women who binge drink and consume of alcohol. The American Journal of Public Health published a study that showed a substantial increase in the number of people who have developed heavy drinking habits–the majority of which were women.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, heavy drinking is defined as five or more instances in a thirty-day period where five or more drinks are consumed on these occasions. Binge drinking is classified as consuming five or more drinks on one occasion at least once in a thirty-day period.

The reason seems linked with the growing number of women holding high pressure jobs that all but require drinking to get ahead in business.

High Pressure Turns to Hard Drinking

It seems that the higher the education level and the more hours worked per week, the heavier the consumption of alcohol.

74 percent of women with a master’s degree or higher drink compared to 34 percent of those with a degree, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Reports from BMJ have further suggested that women who work 49 hours a week or more are more likely to drink excessively, compared to those who work 35-40 hours a week.

For many women, drinking is regarded as symbolic of equality. If women want equal standing, it seems that many attempt to drink as much as their male colleges.

After work cocktails are not just a common occurrence, but a seemingly necessary tool to discuss delicate topics. Some women regard discussions over drinks to be crucial to forwarding their careers. Many consider the networking and career advice received over drinks to greatly benefit their careers, and propose that these opportunities would not have happened in a nonsocial setting.

Life in the Fast Lane to Swerving Out of Control

There is a fine line that everyone walks, however, and that is the difference between sipping a cocktail occasionally and over indulgence.

The frequent exposure to and pressure to partake in social drinking increases the chances of developing a dependence or addiction to alcohol. Women in particular are at higher risk of health problems associated with alcohol consumption. The health risks are not only the manifestations of illness sooner in women than men, but also a higher risk for certain problems, such as liver inflammation, heart disease, and breast cancer.

Women also become more vulnerable to acts of violence while under the influence, especially if both the woman and male attacker have been drinking.

Despite the warnings and clear science that excessive drinking for women is dangerous, the percentage of women who are binge or heavy drinkers is increasing. The reason as to why so many women are putting themselves at risk is possibly related to women pursuing equality in the workforce, but the reason is not yet fully understood by researchers.

One thing is clear, both men and women are increasingly at risk for developing a dependence to alcohol and, subsequently, may lose the career that they are drinking to obtain.