researcher Hanna Watling has observed that in Australia, middle-aged
between the ages of 43 and 59 end up drinking more than the younger-age group.
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.
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
"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.
concern is that this style of drinking exposes women in this age group to
several health hazards, including liver and heart problems, hypertension and
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.