Closer Examination Reveals Changes to the 'Gender Gap' in Drinking
Researchers examined a population comprised of 12- to-24-year-old, noninstitutionalized US civilian residents. The participants were drawn from 12 successive US National Surveys on Drug Use and Health: nationally representative samples drawn each year from 2002 to 2013 and assessed via computer-assisted self-interviews (n=~390,000).
Results confirm that the so-called "gender gap" in the risk of becoming a drinker has narrowed to the point of being no gap at all. In fact, during mid-adolescence the risk of starting to drink is greater for females than for males. That said, a greater prevalence of recently active drinking was subsequently seen in males after 19 years of age.