Older Swedish women are drinking 20 times more alcohol than did their predecessors, according to new
Researchers have been looking at how lifestyle patterns, including alcohol consumption, have changed over time, and women over 70 nearly 20 times more alcohol than women who were in that age group in the 1970s, reports Swedish Television News.
“We think it has to do with changes in gender roles – that women have become more like men, so to speak,” says Ingmar Skoog, a professor in psychiatry at Gothenburg University. He also says that it's more accepted today for older women to drink alcohol.
70 – the new 20
“A little jokingly, we usually say that 70 is the new 20,” Skoog says.
“That is to say, that one wants to do all the things they didn't manage to do earlier in life. Before they get too sick and too old. They want to travel and do a bunch of things”.
Drinking 100 grams or more of alcohol a week (100 cl wine, or 30 cl hard liquor) is considered to pose a risk to one's health, according to the university.
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