U.S. women catch up on alcohol consumption.

American women are catching up on men’s drinking levels in using and abusing alcohol, a U.S. government report shows.

Data from 2002 to 2012 found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, but fell amongst men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent.

“We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males,”

said Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), commenting

“Males still consume more alcohol, but the differences between men and women are diminishing,”

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