‘Women my age tend to drink — it’s normal’

‘Women my age tend to drink — it’s normal’

Women aged 50-70 are more likely than younger women to consume alcohol at levels that exceed low risk drinking guidelines — and most think that’s just perfectly fine.

New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research has found that despite the potential health risks of exceeding national drinking guidelines, many middle-aged and young-old women who consume alcohol at high risk levels tend to perceive their drinking as normal and acceptable, so long as they appear respectable and in control.

The study is a collaboration between ECU and Aalborg University, Denmark, led by Dr Julie Dare from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences. It investigated the social construction of alcohol use among 49 women aged 50 to 69 in Denmark and Australia.

Full article at Science Daily

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