America has a alcohol problem.
But over the last decade we’ve seen a substantial increase in the number of women who are dinking, compared to a decade ago.
And the main problem, a higher percentage of those women are binge drinking.
According to The Pew Charitable Trusts and Stateline magazine, because women are more vulnerable to the damaging health effects of alcohol than men, and because drinking during pregnancy can have devastating effects on a fetus, the federal government and some states have made the growing trend a top public health priority.
According to Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “the harms associated with alcohol use in women escalate more quickly, affecting women at an earlier age than men, and the damage tends to be more severe.”
For decades, states have attempted to suppress drinking among men and women of all ages by levying...