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The college-age binge drinkers and the senior binge drinkers overdid it with a similar frequency, about three times a month.
Gallup pollsters have repeatedly found that the more educated and well off a woman is, the more likely she is to imbibe.
White women are more likely to drink than women of other racial backgrounds, but in the past few decades the percentage of women who classify themselves as regular drinkers has risen across the board.
The growing female predilection for wine seems at first glance like a harmless indulgence for harried mothers who deserve a break.
There are T-shirts with a spilled wineglass that say, "Not so loud, I had book club last night." Nearly 650,000 women follow "Moms Who Need Wine" on Facebook and another 131,000 women are fans of the group called "OMG, I So Need a Glass of Wine or I'm Gonna Sell My Kids." The drinking mom has become a cultural trope, from highbrow to pop: Jonathan Franzen's Patty Berglund wanders through the first half of "Freedom" with a ruddy complexion he calls the "Chardonnay Splotch." Wine is so linked to the women of "Real Housewives" that several cast members have introduced their own brands. Indeed, more women are drinking now than at any time in recent history, according to health surveys.
That's no accident: According to the Wine Institute, an industry trade group, women buy the lion's share of the nearly 800 million gallons of wine sold in the U. In the nine years between 19, the number of women arrested for drunken driving rose 30%, while male arrests dropped more than 7%.
Between 19, the number of young women who showed up in emergency rooms for being dangerously intoxicated rose by 52%.
The rate for young men, though higher, rose just 9%.