Men previously consumed significantly more alcohol than women, but now the ladies have nearly caught up with their male counterparts when it comes to throwing a few back.
The Doctors examine recent findings from BMJ Open that found in the early 1900s, men were twice as more likely to drink and three times as likely to have a drinking problem. But in recent years, statistics show that the rate of drinking is only 10 percent higher in men compared to women and only 30 percent more for men who drink at levels where it adversely affects their health compared to females… meaning in the last 100 years, women have cut the drinking divide down in a big way.
The panel wonders if a woman’s role in the workplace and much more social freedom in the last century has led to either more honesty about how much women actually drink and also how often alcohol is a part of going out and networking.
As we have noted before, excessive alcohol in women can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, liver disease, infertility, menstrual cycle irregularities and higher rates of numerous types of cancer.
Surgical breast specialist Dr. Kristi Funk says, “A drink a day for woman is heart healthy and not adverse and two drinks a day for men. That is the American Cancer society bottom line recommendation when it comes to alcohol. More than that, you need to look at why you’re drinking that much. Does it affect your relationship? Does it make you late to work every day? Are you not as quick on your feet? What is happening when you drink and does that need to change?”
The Doctors remind us that alcohol in moderation is vital to your health, but if you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol abuse, help can be found at SAHMSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and at the Twenty-Four Hour Addiction Helpline at 1-888-217-1356.