Posted at 2:22 PM Dec 21, 2009
By Andrea Grimes
Wondering what to get for that woman who has everything? For that well-educated woman with a career that's going gangbusters? For that i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t woman who got her own house, got her own car, two jobs, work hard, she a bad broad?
Science says you should probably get her a bottle of something tall and alcoholic, because educated, professional women drink more than almost any other group of women, per Delia Lloyd in PoliticsDaily:
The study, released on Friday by the University of Lancaster, looked at female alcohol consumption in two European countries known for their excessive drinking -- the U.K. and Denmark. Researchers found that while there has been an apparent decline in young women's binge drinking in both countries since 2000, more hidden forms of drinking have increased, including more frequent drinking, home drinking and wine drinking into middle age. They also found that the higher the household income, the higher the alcohol consumption among women.But thankfully, instead of running into an oh-noes-the-ladies-aren't-being-ladylike-panic, the article instead couches the new drinking stats in terms of class. Holy not treating women like children, Batman!
The authors of the study believe that the lower price of alcohol over time has likely had an impact on changing consumption patterns. But they very clearly throw the lion's share of the blame at Britain's explicit policy of encouraging "civilized" European-style drinking at home. By demonizing the drinking habits of the young and the working class, they argue, the government has not only overlooked -- but quite possibly validated -- alcoholism within the middle-aged and the middle class.
Ah, alcoholism--the comfort of the privileged in these trying times. Except, not in America, where it's drunk moms instead of drunk professional ladies causing all the hooplah:
But to the extent that I've read about middle-class alcoholism in the U.S., it's always been discussed within the context of stay-at-home moms who turn to alcohol as a way to take the edge off of parenting and then discover one day that they've grown dependent upon it. Whereas in Europe, the problem appears to be with high-earning, professional women.
As a child-free, highly educated professional drunk lady and American, I am happy to represent for the drinky demographic here in the States. Actually, I would probably even be "high-earning" ... if it weren't for the cost of all this alcohol.
Delia Lloyd closes with a question:
So why do these professional women hit the sauce? Work-related stress? Trying to keep up in a man's world? Too many balls to juggle at once? I don't know, but I'd love to find out. Maybe some of you smart, hard-working uppity ladies have some thoughts on this?Ah, Ms Lloyd, I am happy to oblige your anthropological inquiry. Why does this professional woman hit the sauce?
And I am betting that for many other women in my situation, their reasons are similar. No need to worry that we're drinking ourselves silly because we're all sad and wah wah wah and stress and boohoo and panty-wadding. We've entered an era in which women and men are on a relatively level social playing field, and if it looks like ladies' drinking habits are catching up to what men's have been for a while, who could be surprised?
- It is delicious.
- It is fun.
- It is a fantastic way to unwind after your mind has been twisted around all day long.
- It is an enjoyable way of socializing with friends, new and old.
- It is a good way to meet cute guys.
- Also, the delicious part.
- And the fun.
- Drinking is associated with other things I like to do, such as: seeing rock shows, doing stand-up comedy, participating in trivia contests, attending arty parties.