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suming, and to always be with people they trust. “Not all men are gentlemen and a lot will take advantage of a wasted woman, so be aware and don’t put yourself in an unsafe position.” Binge drinking isn’t relegated strictly to college kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10 percent of women between 45 and 64 say they binge-drink and 3 percent of those over 65 also admit to binge drinking. Still, the vast majority of adult women believe they drink responsibly and have the situation under control. “I typically have one or two glasses of wine in the evening with dinner and afterwards, sometimes a bit more,” says Barbara, a local 54-year-old professional woman. “Most of my friends are social drinkers, but I don’t know too many who drink every day.” She continues, “Women are taking charge of their own choices, and one of those is the right to enjoy an adult beverage without attaching any stigma to it … I don’t feel that my drinking is a problem. I drink when I feel like it, I never get drunk, and as an adult without small children to care for on a daily basis, I have

the right to choose wine whenever I feel like it.” For many women, wine is an indulgence they believe they can take or leave. “I can readily consume a bottle a night over four to five hours,” says Lee, a career woman in her 60s. “I tend to use wine as a punctuation mark to events of the day — coming home from work, completing piano practice, cooking dinner, watching a favorite TV series. “However, there are times when I don’t drink at all, and my wine consumption varies depending on whether or not I need to lose weight, am spending time with my Mormon family in Utah or training for a difficult sports event, in which case I don’t drink at all,” she says. “I always take January off to shed weight gained between Halloween and New Year’s. It is a fitting way to start a new year.” Study after study tells us that moderate wine consumption (one glass of wine per day for women) is good for our health; one glass of wine per day for women may decrease risk for heart disease, ischemic stroke and diabetes. The negative effects of alcohol on the human body are also well

known and include liver disease, memory loss, brain shrinkage and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver and breast. “I would not say that one glass a day is harmful, but I would not agree to it being beneficial either,” says Stolz. “Alcohol has no nutritional benefit to the human body. Some people who report drinking a

“I think most women know they can’t drink as much as men can, but they still do.” glass or two of wine per day are drinking much more. People who develop alcoholism often drink much like others in public, but drink much differently when alone.” Stolz adds that Baby Boomers are especially susceptible to developing a drinking problem. “They have more time and more money, so drinking can easily become part of their everyday private life, as well as their social life. Keeping it in check after retiring is often seemingly no longer necessary.” n


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