Check out this link to results of a recent study on alcohol consumption in America at Kaiser Health News. According to this study, heavy drinking (defined as more than one drink per day in the last 30 days for women and two drinks per day for men) has increased 17.2% from 2005 to 2012, largely due to rising rates among women. Binge drinking (4 drinks for women and 5 for men at a single occasion) has increased for women at seven times the rate for me. The study cites several factors including more alcohol advertising, relaxation of so-called "blue laws" that restrict time and place of sales of alcohol, and changing social norms. The study noted that because alcohol is legal and socially acceptable, people are more likely to believe they are in control of their drinking, until something external happens such as losing a job or getting a DUI.
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