Number of older women binge drinking on the rise for over 20 years
JEFFERSON CITY —
The number of women over the age of 60 binge drinking has been on the rise for over 20 years. AARP found the number of women who binge-drink jumped about four percent a year, while the number of men who binge-drink remained consistent.
According to AARP, women were more likely to develop drinking problems later in life. Binge drinking for women was defined as having four or more drinks within a two hour window.
AARP and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found older women were at risk for alcohol problem because they were more likely to outlive their husbands. This could lead to loneliness and depression.
Binge drinking in older women can become dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control said binge drinking by older women can:
- Lead to more falls and fractures
- Increase the likelihood of cancer, liver damage, immune system disorders, and brain damage
- Worsen conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure
- Difficulty for doctors to diagnose and treat heart problems
Research by the NIAAA found that while the number of older women binge drinking was increasing, there were still more older male binge-drinkers than female.