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Women are binge drinking more than men on college campuses

Mar 14, 2023

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For the first time in history, women are binge drinking more often than men on college campuses, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Doctors with the institute say isolation from the COVID-19 pandemic is a major contributing factor to the increase in substance abuse. They attribute the rise in women’s binge-drinking to what they call a “rebound effect.”

In 2020, bars were closed and social gatherings were limited. But once bars and restaurants opened back up, more women wanted to go out and drink. So they did, and more often than before, outpacing men.

Doctors who were part of the study cautioned that binge drinking can be deadly. They said too much alcohol in a person’s body can be poisonous.

In 2021, deaths associated with alcohol were up 25% year-over-year.

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KARAH RUCKER: FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES –

WOMEN ARE BINGE DRINKING MORE OFTEN THAN MEN. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM.

DOCTORS WITH THE INSTITUTE SAY ISOLATION FROM THE PANDEMIC IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTOR TO THE INCREASE IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE.

THEY ATTRIBUTE THE RISE IN WOMEN’S BINGE-DRINKING TO WHAT THEY CALL A “REBOUND EFFECT.”

IN 2020 – BARS WERE CLOSED AND THERE WERE LESS SOCIAL GATHERINGS.

BUT ONCE THINGS OPENED BACK UP – THERE WAS A REBOUND IN WOMEN WANTING TO GO OUT AND DRINK. SO THEY DID – AND DID SO MORE OFTEN THAN BEFORE…OUTPACING MEN – ACCORDING TO THE INSTITUTE.

DOCTORS WHO WERE PART OF THE STUDY CAUTIONED THAT BINGE DRINKING CAN BE DEADLY – SAYING TOO MUCH ALCOHOL IN YOUR SYSTEM CAN ULTIMATELY POISON YOUR BODY.

IN 2021 – DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH ALCOHOL WERE UP 25 PERCENT YEAR-OVER-YEAR.