Equality - for decades, women have been pushing for it. Now a new paper suggests that women are becoming equal to men in one way that might not be so healthy.
New research suggests that women may be catching up to men when it comes to rates of alcohol consumption, and that has some worried about the effects on women's health.
A team of Australian and American researchers looked back at dozens of studies tracking the differences between men and women and how they drink alcohol. They found that over the decades, women's patterns of consumption are becoming more and more like men's: How much they drank and how often, whether they developed drinking problems, and if they ended up in treatment for those problems, etc.
The gender gap has consistently been getting narrower, though the biggest changes have happened in women born after 1966.
All this challenges the notion that alcohol use and abuse are a male phenomenon, and it may be a wake-up call for women. There are some kinds of equality you'd rather avoid.
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