Ladies, you might want to swap the bourbon for a bong

It felt serendipitous that I was in Denver when I read that there’s been a steep rise in women’s binge drinking across the United States. Because it struck me that if women smoked pot – now legal in Colorado – with the same gusto with which they seem to imbibe alcohol, perhaps we’d be in better shape.

A new study, published in the American Journal of Public Health this month, shows that while men’s binge drinking increased just 4.9% between 2005 and 2012, women’s rates rose by a whopping 17.5%. That’s a lot of bourbon. (Sorry, I don’t drink Cosmos.)

It’s hard to say why women are binge drinking more. We do know, though, that women are much more likely than men to have certain kinds of mental health issues – we’re twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder and 70% more likely...

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