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Risks of drinking among women on the rise, says study
While the number of men that consume alcohol is known to be far greater than women, the overall effects seem to be the same for both men as well as women.

According to a new study, women are as much at risk due to the damages caused by consuming alcohol as men.

In this research, the researchers tried to map the increase in the alcohol consumption among women and its effects on them. Women seem to catching up with men in terms of alcohol consumption which in the longer run will have drastic impact on their health.

The researchers studied data from 68 international studies conducted between 1948 and 2014. They have found that among those born between 1891 and 1910, men were about three times as likely as women to have a problem with alcohol.

But this changed between 1991 and 2000 in which men were only 1.2 times more likely as compared to women to have a drinking problem. As per the research, this gender gap has narrowed over the past century, especially among those born from 1966 onwards.

The research, published in BMJ Open Journal, has argued that, "Alcohol use and alcohol use disorders have historically been viewed as a male phenomenon. The present study calls this assumption into question and suggests that young women in particular should be the target of concerted efforts to reduce the impact of substance use and related harms. Substantial changes over time in the sex distribution of alcohol use may require a rethink of effective health policies and intervention strategies to combat the societal costs associated with use."

Alcohol consumption among women has been linked to various diseases such as impotence & infertility and it increases the risk of developing breast cancer.

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