Men living in low-income neighborhoods ‘drink more than women’

March 4th, 2011 - 2:42 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, March 04 (ANI): A new study has shown that men living in low-income neighbourhoods consume more than three times as many alcoholic drinks each week compared to women in these neighbourhoods.

According to the research, led by St. Michael’s researcher Flora Matheson,

neighbourhood affluence affects men and women differently when it comes to alcohol consumption. Heavy drinking is associated with higher death rates and a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and liver cirrhosis.

“While research has shown men are more susceptible to drinking than women, our study has found a large gap in drinking patterns between men and women and among men depending on where they live,” said Matheson.

“Surprisingly, where a women lives really doesn’t impact her tendency to drink.”

Researchers found no real difference in drinking patterns among women despite whether they live in a low income or affluent neighbourhood. On average, women in low-income neighbourhoods drank 2.6 drinks each week versus women in affluent neighbourhoods who drank 2.2 drinks each week. Conversely, researchers found a large difference in drinking patterns among men. According to the study, men in low-income neighbourhoods drank 8.5 drinks weekly compared to men in wealthy neighbourhoods who drank 4.5 drinks weekly.

The study has bee published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (ANI)

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