Women drinking as much alcohol as men, study finds

Change partly the result of sweeter products aimed at young women, say campaigners

Women’s bodies do not tolerate alcohol as well as men’s, because they have a higher fat to water ratio and  smaller livers.

Women’s bodies do not tolerate alcohol as well as men’s, because they have a higher fat to water ratio and smaller livers.

Women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink and are doing increasing amounts of damage to their health as a result, according to a global study that looked at the consumption habits of four million people over a period of over a century.

The change is partly the result of successful marketing campaigns and the creation of sweeter products aimed at young women or girls, as well as cuts in price, say health campaigners. Some studies have even suggested that younger women may be out-drinking men, according to the study’s authors.

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