Alcoholism & Addiction

Middle Age Drinking Among Women a Growing Problem

While teen drinking is a growing habit, recent research in the UK is showing a bigger problem among middle-aged men. A report in the Telegraph shows middle-aged women are drinking more than they did in their teens. This trend is putting their health at risk.

The British Liver Trust and Prima magazine worked together on a joint survey, which identified that one in three women aged over 35 drinks more than they did in their teens. One in five women in the survey admits to regularly binge drinking.

This study comes on the heels of a study conducted by the Department of Health that reveal that diseases caused by lifestyle are increasing rapidly. In fact, deaths from liver disease in England are now above the European average.

According to the survey conducted by the British Liver Trust, women’s favorite alcoholic drink is wine, yet two thirds did not know how many units were in a glass, which can contain three units of alcohol in a 250ml glass of wine.

Alison Rogers, Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust, said: “This survey quantified what we have suspected to be true for a while – unit awareness is staggeringly low among this key age group, special offers in supermarkets incite bulk purchasing and one in ten of respondents do not give their liver a day off from alcohol.

"It is also safe to say that women over the age of 35 do not identify with the ‘binge drinking’ culture, even though one in five of respondents did actually binge drink. It would seem that the term has been too closely connected to younger drinkers and we are missing key audiences who need to be aware of the dangers of overloading their liver with alcohol.”

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