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Caucasian Women Drinking More Per Person

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The volume of alcohol consumers are downing has increased, which should have producers and retailers celebrating. For those supporting the bill to cover alcohol addiction treatments, however, the reaction is likely to be the opposite.

According to a recent Science Daily release, more people today are consuming alcohol when compared with numbers from 20 years ago. This data was captured by the UT Southwestern Medical Center when assessing national alcohol consumption patterns.

As part of this analysis, the Center gathered data from more than 85,000 individuals and this information suggests that social, ethnic and economic influences and pressures are contributing to the increase.

Dr. Raul Caetano, dean of the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions and lead researcher, suggests the reasons for the increase can vary among individuals. The one consistent finding from this research is that consumption of alcohol today is higher than it was in the 1990s.

Dr. Caetano believes that consistent monitoring of consumption levels is necessary to better understand the factors that are contributing to this increase. He also believes this monitoring could help in early detection of at-risk drinking behaviors, including drinking to intoxication or binge drinking.

One interesting aspect of this research is that while the population is changing with aging Baby Boomers and the influx of immigration, only one segment of the population demonstrated an increase in the number of drinks per person – Caucasian women.

All three ethnic groups – Caucasian, Black and Hispanic – saw an increase in the number of drinkers, although the more alarming activities still existed among Caucasian women. In addition to more drinks per person, these women were also more likely to drink to intoxication. This trend is one that should be further investigated to understand why women in this ethnic group are increasingly at risk.