Feminism

Cheers! Women Are Drinking Just As Much As Men

Millennial women are closing the drinking gap.

Millennial women are doing a lot of amazing things. Even at the bar. The gender gap is closing and women are catching up to men when it comes to drinking.

According to First We Feast, young women and male are almost equal in alcohol consumption, per a new study from the University of New South Wales. Researchers culled data from 4 million women and men in 36 countries and found that back in the day, men were twice as likely as women to drink. Millennials have equalized the drinking field. People born between 1991 and 2000 have nearly the same likelihood to be drinkers across gender lines.

The increase in drinking could be explained by the rise of working women (happy hour, anyone?) and the culture of drinking among coworkers and friends. However, there may be some troubling repercussions, especially untreated alcoholism. Women seek help for physical and mental ailments more than men, according to Tim Slade, associate professor at USNW’s National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, but not when it comes to alcohol-related issues. Alcohol also adversely affects women's health more than men's, so really this isn't good news at all. 

Something to think about the next time you drink up.

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