Binge drinking amongst women rose 17.5% from 2005 to 2012 compared to 4.9% in men. Jessica Valenti at The Guardian has put forth a compelling argument for why women should consider marijuana as an alternative to alcohol.
A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health this month shows that women’s rates of binge drinking increasingly exponentially more than men in the same time fram. It’s hard to say why women are drinking more. We do know that there are certain kinds of mental health issues women are more likely to have then men, like anxiety and depression. . . and now we know more women are choosing alcohol to self-medicate.
But unlike marijuana use, which outside of memory impairment shows very little in terms of severe physical detriment, long-term use of alcohol has extremely serious consequences. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 5.8 million American women have some sort of alcohol disorder, and 26,000 women die from alcohol related causes annually. Deaths attributed to cannabis are so rare to the point where a strong argument can be made that it never happens.
We’ve long known there’s a societal benefit to vaping herbs instead of alcohol, since drunk driving kills 30 people EVERY DAY in the US, but since we legalized marijuana here in Colorado, car crash fatalities have been on the decline. Because think about it: two stadium events, one only has weed and the other serves alcohol. Where will there be more violence? The only thing bad happening at the weed stadium is vendors running out of nacho cheese. . .
Obviously, people shouldn’t be binging on anything. Moderation and balance are essential to living a happy and satisfying life. But given the alternatives, maybe it’s time for more to consider the weed.
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