The European region has the highest levels of alcohol consumption in the world. Within Western Europe, the UK has one of the highest levels of binge drinking, and Scotland had the steepest increase in liver cirrhosis mortality rates (an indicator of alcohol harm) during the 1990s.1 Hazardous drinking has historically been regarded as a male problem.2 However, increases in hazardous drinking among young women have led to suggestions that women are beginning to drink more like men,3 and recent media headlines assert that young women in the UK are the ‘worst binge drinkers in the world’.
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Emslie, C., Lewars, H., Batty, G. D., & Hunt, K. (2009). Are there gender differences in levels of heavy, binge and problem drinking? Evidence from three generations in the west of Scotland. Public Health, 123(1), 12–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2008.06.001