By M. C. Tapera, Contributing Writer
Health Behavior News Service
Men are more likely than women to experience many of the problems commonly associated with nondependent drinking, according to a new study. But the authors suggest women are prone to different alcohol-related problems that are less likely to be diagnosed.
Penny Nichol, co-author and quantitative psychologist, said the current study is distinguished by how specifically it measures alcohol problems: “We’re not comparing just any man and any woman; we’re comparing men and women with similar levels of problems.”
Balancing such comparisons allowed the University of Minnesota researchers to explore an underlying question: Are the criteria for alcohol abuse and dependence as accurate for women as for men? Nichols said it’s possible that studies “aren’t looking at the correct symptoms” for women.
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