A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom says that men are more likely than women to become alcoholics. The study uses a glass of wine as a standard unit of measurement for a drink a day, citing higher alcohol content in wine and larger portions in larger glasses as contributing factors.
Under the headline, "Men Twice As Likely As Women to Become Alcoholics," Daily Telegraph Medical Correspondent Kate Devlin writes:
"A study claims men have a 20 per cent risk developing a drink problem in their lifetimes, and 10 per cent chance of becoming hooked."
"The seeds of abuse and dependence on alcohol often begins in the late to mid 20s, according to researchers from the University of California, San Diego."
"However the lifetime risk for women abusing alcohol was only between 8 and 10 per cent, they estimated."
"Earlier this week official figures showed that millions of Britons are putting their health at risk by spending too many evenings at home with a bottle of wine."
"Official guidelines warn that men should drink no more than three to four units a day and women no more than two to three."
"However, experts warn that a trend for stronger wines and the increase in the average glass size in recent years have made it increasingly difficult for people to measure how much they are drinking."
"One large glass of wine is now the equivalent if three units, they warn, meaning it is potentially quite easy to exceed the daily limit on a regular basis."
"The effects can be extremely damaging to health, the American researchers warn."
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