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Millennial Women Are Literally Drinking Themselves To Death

Millennials are leading the pack when it comes to drinking... but that's not a good thing. Doctors are saying Millennials are now drinking themselves to death.

By Rowan MarleyPublished 7 years ago 2 min read
Top Story - April 2017

If there's one thing that Millennials have become famous for, it's their love of drinking, gastropubs, and artisan food. It's almost become a cliche, much like the Millennial trends of hipstery clothing and having an allegedly anti-marriage attitude.

Our generation's love of food and drink has even become a part of standard advertising. Take a look at the brochures and commercials that are geared towards this audience, and you'll likely see glamorous, Instagram-filtered photos of groups of smiling hipster Millennials enjoying pizza and wine on a high rise in Manhattan.

These clips seem so happy and carefree, but if you really think about it, there's kind of a scary undertone underneath it. Millennials and drinking are going together - even to the point that mainstream advertisers joke about getting "blitzed at brunch."

Drinking in moderation is fine, but the problem is that moderation isn't actually happening as much as it should. Or, at least, that's what doctors are saying.

The first generation of women to drink as much as men also is a generation that is getting a lot of messages about drinking as a positive outlet.

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer

In 2016, a study came out that shocked anthropologists and sociologists alike. For the first time in modern history, Millennial women are drinking as much as men are - and at times, even more.

Our attitudes on drinking are changing, too. Drinking was, at one point, considered to be a masculine act. That all but disappeared with this generation, and that seemed to give a lot of women the green light to drink on a regular basis.

Moreover, drinking heavily is no longer as stigmatized as it once was. Though being "sloppy drunk" is still not considered to be acceptable in much of society, there's a growing portion of people who see it as an okay way to blow off steam.

Millennial women in general are coping with a lot of mixed messages from society that can easily stress anyone out. They are told that they should have careers, but that they're selfish for doing so if they have kids. They are told that they should keep a house clean for their spouses, but that they shouldn't be stay-at-home moms because that's "lazy."

In a word, they're literally being pulled in every direction possible, all the while being reprimanded for doing it all or taking a break from doing it all. Considering the stress, it's easy to see why so many women turn to the bottle now that it's a more socially accepted coping mechanism, isn't it?

The increased amount of drinks are leading to major problems.

Millennial binge drinking is becoming increasingly worrisome, particularly in the ER. Hospitalizations and deaths directly related to alcohol are increasing in almost every female demographic in the nation - and that means that this trend may be one that could potentially lower women's lifespans significantly if it's not curbed.

The problem with this issue is that there's no clear-cut way to solve the increase in alcoholism that's happening with women. It's a complex problem, and it's one that would need to be tackled through a variety of different methods.

We do need to talk about the increase in drinking, but it's not that easy. We don't usually want to be the people who are spoilsports or deemed to be judgmental. Unfortunately, this means that it will continue to worsen as a trend until it reaches a critical point.


About the Creator

Rowan Marley

Rowan Marley is a 20-year-old sports enthusiast who hails from Brooklyn. When he's not hitting up a local Zumba class, he's drinking organic smoothies. That's just how he rolls.

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