Women drink more than when they were teenagers
MANY women over 35 drink more alcohol now than when they were teenagers, a poll out yesterday suggested.
A quarter drink alcohol three to five times a week, while around one in five admit to binge-drinking.
The survey of almost 2,000 women was carried out by the British Liver Trust and Prima magazine.
It found that more than a third of women over 35 drink more now than when they were teenagers.
Asked for their favourite drink, women over 35 said wine, with 79% of those aged 55 to 64 saying this was their preferred tipple.
Most women had no idea exactly how much they were drinking, with 64% unable to say how many units were in a large glass of wine (three).
Government guidelines say women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
Binge drinking is defined as six or more units of alcohol in one sitting.
In the survey, just 11% of women, aged 35 to 54, initially considered themselves binge drinkers, but that figure doubled to 22% once they knew the definition.
The poll comes after a report showed death rates from liver disease in Britain are higher than the average in 15 European counties.
Alcohol is fuelling a rise in death rates from liver disease and cirrhosis of the liver while obesity is also thought to be playing a part.
The study also confirmed high rates of hospital admissions for alcohol and high death rates as a result of drink.
Alison Rogers, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said yesterday: “This survey quantified what we have suspected to be true for a while – unit awareness is staggeringly low among this key age group.
“Special offers in supermarkets incite bulk purchasing and one in 10 of respondents do not give their liver a day off from alcohol.
“It is also safe to say that women over the age of 35 do not identify with the ‘binge-drinking’ culture, even though one in five of respondents did actually binge-drink.
“It would seem that the term has been too closely connected to younger drinkers and we are missing key audiences who need to be aware of the dangers of overloading their liver with alcohol.”
Since 1991, the number of women aged 35 to 54 dying from alcohol-related causes has more than doubled.