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Who doesn’t love a delicious drink? A glass of wine with dinner is marvelous, or if you’re from the Olivia Pope school of getting things done, you prefer a nice red with a bowl of popcorn. Whatever your drink of choice, one thing is certain: it’s being enjoyed.

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According to a new study, women are drinking more, and men are drinking less. In fact, monthly drinking rates for men decreased from 57.4 to 56 per cent, while women increased from 45 to 48 per cent. There was also a change in how often drinks were being consumed per month, with women drinking 7.3 days per month (previously 6.8) and men drinking 9.5 days per month (previously 9.9).

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But before you take this as a negative, there’s one thing you should bear in mind: while women are drinking more, there has been no surge in cases of alcohol abuse, or issues of driving while intoxicated. Researchers actually reported that cases of alcohol abuse in women decreased slightly.

So, cheers to that, right? We’re not suggesting you develop an intense drinking problem, but we are saying you can have that second glass of Chardonnay.

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Just be responsible, and toast to the fact that one gender gap is closing. Next step, the wage gap.

 

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