Research shows one in every six female drinkers aged over 16 now drinks more than double the recommended daily amount.
According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, binge drinking among women has almost doubled and many over 16 are drinking more than three units per day.
However, the study found men still binge drink more than women, with nearly one in four (23%) consuming twice as much as the daily amount.
Despite this, the ‘gender gap’ between men and women binge drinking is closing.
Figures show that etween 1998 and 2006 the number of women binge drinking almost doubled to 3 million, but binge drinking among young men aged 16-24 has fallen by 9% since 2000.
Lead author Lesley Smith from Oxford Brookes University said: ‘An examination of trends over the last 15 to 20 years indicates that it is generally the behaviour of women that has increased towards that of men, at least in the UK, where the gender gap in drinking at excessive and harmful levels has decreased over recent years.’
The study identified that an increase in women’s independence and financial security together with ‘pressure of positive advertising’ were partly responsible for the increase in female binge drinking.
To read the report, see the attached file.