Those Born After WWII More Likely to Binge Drink and Develop Alcohol Disorders

Drinking might be influenced by a number of things from personal and societal issues, political instability, social norms and also economic fluctuations. These factors turn into different types of drinking cultures over time periods and among varying countries.

Recent analysis done on 31 published studies shows that people born after World War II were more likely to develop AUDs (Alcohol Use Disorders) and binge drink. The study also revealed that the gender gap is narrowing in lots of countries when it comes to alcohol problems.

A recent article shows that alcoholism is increasing among women, according to Katherine M. Keyes with Columbia University. Results also showed that your environment also increases your risk for alcoholism.

Although, AUDs have substantial genetic contributions, other birth-cohort effects are indicative of factors from the environment such as availability, laws, policies, social norms and broader social contexts that contribute significantly to your underlying risks for AUD, says Keyes.

Washington University epidemiologist, Richard A. Grucza adds that cultural and social factors are the most powerful indicators in determining the use of alcohol and other health behaviors. In North America, the literature analysis showed that birth cohorts who were younger were more likely than others to engage in heavy binge drinking and develop AUDs.

Gruzca said the United State differs from Australia and Western Europe because we have a pretty large number of those who don’t drink any at all, whereas Europe and Australia historically have few so-called teetotalers.

Young people need to be attentive to the unusual health and social risk issues associated with heavy amounts of drinking amid women, as with heavy amounts of intoxication that lead to vulnerabilities to sexual violence and a higher risk for chronic diseases.