American women are starting to drink more and more like men — and men are starting to drink a little more like women, U.S. researchers reported Monday.
A survey of U.S. drinking habits found men were drinking a little less and women are drinking a little more. It’s an especially clear trend among college students, the team at the National Institutes of Health found.
“Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing,” said Aaron White of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), who looked at data from 2002 to 2012 for the study.
Over that time, the percentage of women who had an alcoholic drink in the past 30 days went from 45 percent to 48 percent, while the percentage of men went from 57.4 percent to 56 percent.