Women’s drinking habits are starting to catch up to men’s, according to a new study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). While men still drink more, a growing number of women are drinking, and drinking more frequently.
“We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males,” lead researcher Aaron White, PhD, said in a news release. “Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing.”
The researchers said the reasons for women’s increased drinking rates are unclear.