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These people are more vulnerable to Binge Drinking, study says

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A new study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that binge drinking has been on the rise among U.S. adults.

Over the course of two years, the current study looked at 18,794 people who were 65 or older and took the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2015 and 2019.

Having five or more drinks on the same day for men and four or more drinks for women was considered as “binge drinking.”

The study found that Binge drinking among older men rose from 12.8% in 2015 to 15.7% in 2019, but it didn’t change for older women (7.6 percent to 7.3 percent ).

Women who had a college degree were more likely to binge drink, but men were less likely. Those who had been separated or divorced were also more vulnerable to binge drinking. Women, on the other hand, were not.

Both men and women who said they had used tobacco or cannabis in the last month were more likely to binge drink.

Tala Al-Rousan, lead author said: “Our study brings the most up-to-date findings on trends in binge drinking in older age, especially the unnoticed importance of understanding the unique demographic characteristics of binge drinking that differ in men and women given gender norms and expectations of societies that are consistently evolving.

“For example, we noted an increased frequency in education among binge drinking older women. Women with more education may have more opportunities to drink and may be less constricted by gender norms against women consuming alcohol.

“Moreover, our findings would encourage health providers who care for older men and women with chronic conditions who are at risk of binge drinking to offer tailored messages that are targeted at certain chronic conditions.”

Source: 10.1111/jgs.17573

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