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Binge drinking continues to rise — particularly among women and seniors
- By Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch
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It is incredibly irresponsible to NOT mention in an article like this that drinking is associated with breast cancer risk for women, and that this risk increases significantly in older (post-menopausal) women.
Please, let’s stop the victim blaming. I think it is highly unlikely that increased drinking by women oven 60 is increasing their chances of sexual assault or unintended pregnancies.
“Binge drinking increases the risk of […] susceptibility to sexual assaults”
Really? And here I thought it was proximity to rapists.
Well information,Addictions in one frame or other influence a large number of individuals in this nation. For anyone after more information, I’d strongly recommend the resources here Addiction research Journal
The USA government guidelines issued in the early 2000’s and the government pamphlet “Rethinking Drinking” cite problem drinking to be more than one drink a day for women, or two for men. For older people, 65 plus or those taking certain medications, even one drink a day is generally counter indicated. I’m a 70 year old women – the first of the Baby Boomers. It’s saddened me to see that some of my favorite women friends are addicted to alcohol and the toll it’s taken on their health. I’m also a healthcare professional, and I note that it was insurance companies, often the dreaded by doctors HMO’s, that first started requiring healthcare workers accepting the patients under their plans, to ask about and treat alcohol problems, depression, smoking, obesity, lack of socialization and lack of exercise. These issues should be foremost interventions for any healthcare practitioner without goading from a patient’s insurance company.
if this happens because of the high stress level?
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