A shocking study has been released claiming that older women are now drinking more than ever. They aren’t just drinking more in a casual way either — they are binge drinking. Surprisingly, the number of women binge drinking are increasing at levels far higher than men; the number of women binge drinking has risen 4 percent a year for almost two decades, while the historical number for men has stayed the same.
The average woman has less water in her body when compared to the average man; she also weighs less. Due to these differences, women have a lower alcohol tolerance. Because women have a lower alcohol tolerance, they are more prone to “alcohol-related problems.”
The study on drinking was authored by Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist who works at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The study collected information from 65,000 individuals over the age of 60.
As reported by CBS, “Older adults, in general, are at greater risk of the effects of alcohol than younger adults, Breslow noted. “They’re more sensitive to the effects of alcohol, which can contribute to falls and other injuries, a major problem in older people,” she said.
As the U.S. population ages, the number of men and women 60 and older who drink will likely increase further, bringing with it more alcohol-related problems.”
One of the causes for the increase in drinking is being speculated as baby boomers having had used alcohol in their younger years at much higher levels when compared to previous generations. The alcohol consumption puts drinkers at a higher risk of everything from heart disease to several types of cancer. The best way to stay healthy in older age is said to be drinking little — or not at all.
It’s fair to say that binge drinkers can aid in forcing up healthcare costs due to the increased level of care needed to deal with the effects of alcohol.