When you hear binge drinking, you're most likely to picture teenagers - young, fresh-out-of-college lads who dance away in bars and wake up with a badgering headache. And then do the same exact thing next week, caring little about what this sort of a lifestyle is doing to their bodies. It's also true that binge drinking phases out, in most cases at least, but it paves way for a new kind of problem.
According to a new study published in the journal 'BMC (BioMed Central) Medicine', men drink less post-25, when they're in their middle age but many consume alcohol daily. The study found that a substantial proportion of older men drink daily or most days of the week while a majority of women tend to drink monthly or on special occasions.
According to lead author of the study, Annie Britton of the University College, London, "Understanding how drinking behaviour fluctuates throughout life is important to identify high risk groups and trends over time." Teenagers favour bouts of irregular heavy drinking episodes, only drinking once or twice a week, but as we grow older we shift into a regular drinking pattern. In Britain, the majority of the adult population consumes alcohol and the harm associated with alcohol affects all society. Research on the health consequences of alcohol needs to incorporate changes in drinking behaviour over the life course. "The current evidence base lacks this consideration. Failure to include such dynamics in alcohol is likely to lead to incorrect risk estimates," Britton said.
With inputs from IANS