Study: More Women Binge Drinking

Researchers find those born after World War II more likely to hit the hooch harder.

By Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

“I wish I could drink like a lady. / I can take one or two at the most. / Three and I'm under the table, / Four and I'm under the host.”

In news Dorothy Parker would have related to, a new study finds U.S. women are hanging with the boys when it comes to binge drinking.

WebMD reports the research, to be published in the December issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, finds that both women and men today, especially those born after World War II, are more apt to skip one ladylike white wine spritzer and instead get their binge drinking on.

This, the study states, can lead to alcohol problems and related disorders, according to the website.

So, how many drinks make up a binge?, you ask. WebMD cites the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which defines a binge as drinking that raises your blood alcohol level to 0.08 percent or above. In other words: five or more drinks in two hours for men or four or more drinks in two hours for women.

And why are more females hitting the hooch? Experts tell the website that more women in the workforce, and college partying, may be factors.

But, really, four drinks in two hours? Sounds like a fun Friday night to us. Hiccup.

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First Published September 16, 2011

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