Female Alcohol Abuse Reaching 'Epidemic' Proportions

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Hectic lives and the desire to do and have it all have driven levels of alcohol abuse among women to alarming levels worldwide, according to a new book out by author Ann Dowsett Johnston. In an excerpt published in the New York Post, Johnston writes that women are drinking more often than their predecessors. A study compiled in 2011 by Columbia University assistant professor Katherine Keyes found that women born between 1978-1983 are more likely to binge drink to blackout on weekends and develop alcohol-use disorders.

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Johnston's book includes interviews with top alcohol researchers including Katherine Brown, director of policy at Britain's Institute of Alcohol Studies, who blames much of this alcohol dependence on booze-filled university years. Unfortunately, Brown has found in her research that having a college degree makes women twice as likely to have a drinking problem. Alcohol has different effects on female brains and research has shown that alcoholism develops more quickly in women.

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