A new study has shown that young Australian women drinkers are just as likely to get involved in an alcohol-fueled aggression as young men.
Young women are increasingly heading out on the town with the intention of getting drunk, leaving some of them at risk of harm, forensic psychologist Dr Gavan Palk says.
"Australia has a greater number of large-scale pubs and clubs which are providing a venue for ladette-style behaviour," the Herald Sun quoted him as saying.
"There have been attempts to reduce the incidences of violence, but over the long term it seems the only thing that works to reduce alcohol-related violence is to reduce the number of drinking hours."
Dr Palk, who has also investigated attitudes to drinking among women and men aged 18 to 25, said men continued to out-drink women, but their rates of consumption were in decline.
But young women were increasing their use of alcohol, and the social rituals around it.
"Australian men have traditionally gathered in bars, with friends and gained a sense of identity from this.
"Now, young Australian women are doing the same. Many of the self-confessed ladettes that we interviewed don't perceive that they are trying to act like men, but that they are taking advantage of the social freedoms of the past 20 or 30 years," he added.
Dr Palk will discuss his research at the Australian Psychological Society College of Forensic Psychology National Conference in Noosa.