Though women are still lagging behind men when it comes to salary, ladies are gaining on dudes in at least one respect: alcoholism. According to a new and comprehensive cross-sectional study of existing data, there has been a substantial increase in general drinking and alcohol dependence among women, particularly Hispanic women, starting with those born after WWII. (Alcohol use and abuse among men has remained consistent over the years.) Experts attribute this increase to a number of factors. Richard A. Grucza, a Washington University School of Medicine epidemiologist and co-author of the data analysis used an "immigration" analogy to explain the up tick in alcohol abuse among women. Grucza tells Science Daily, "We can think of U.S. culture as having been traditionally dominated by white men. As women have 'immigrated' into this culture, they have become 'acculturated' with regard to alcohol use."
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