For close to a century, women have been closing the gender gap relative to alcohol consumption, binge drinking and alcohol use disorder. In fact, the drinking patterns between 2002 and 2013 studied by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAA) found that the frequency of alcohol use disorder among women increased almost 84 percent.
While the argument that the total population of women has risen can be mentioned, it’s more than just a numbers game, rather, various other factors responsible for the rise in consumption and misuse of alcohol among women.
Factors fueling the increase
The COVID-19 ripple effect has certainly been attributed to the elevated rates of alcohol use among women, with research showing that women have been especially susceptible to increasing alcohol use in response to the psychological stressors related to the pandemic. But, there are other factors to consider when examining the rise, including:
These factors, coupled with the effects of the pandemic have helped to create an undesirable distinction for women. But, when paired with the compounding element of familial roles and responsibilities, societal or legal fears, and without the right support from friends, families and employers, the rise of misuse will continue to be a trend that will continue to designate women as the fastest growing population of alcohol users in the US.
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