Queensland researcher Hanna Watling has observed that in Australia, middle-aged women between the ages of 43 and 59 end up drinking more than the younger-age group.
Hanna Watling's findings reveal that 13% of these women consume 2 drinks daily on an average, which is higher than the alcohol consumption of younger women.
AdvertisementThese findings have also thrown light on the drinking pattern of middle-aged Australian women. These women have given up binge drinking and instead have resorted to frequent small drinks every night after dinner or while watching TV. They tend to take to this pattern of drinking in order to cope with several life stressors, such as family worries, work-related pressure and social demands.
"What we are concerned about is that those women, who drink moderately but often, may end up consuming a larger volume of alcohol than those who drink heavily but less frequently," observes the researcher.
Another concern is that this style of drinking exposes women in this age group to several health hazards, including liver and heart problems, hypertension and cancer.
After the preliminary research, the researcher is undertaking a survey to unravel the rationale behind this drinking attitude of grown-up women. Women in the age group of 45-59, especially those who have drunk at least once in the past month, are urged to partake in the researcher's online survey. The findings of this survey will be helpful in devising strategies to deal with specific situations and needs of these women.