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England's Rich Women Boozing the Most

Women in affluent neighborhoods drink more than twice the national average, a study finds.


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By Victoria Kim


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Wealthy British women are more prone to heavy drinking than any other social type, according to an analysis of the country's health and habits. The research, which was broken down by area code, found that women in areas with multimillion dollar homes and six-figure incomes are more than twice as likely as the national average to drink too much. Almost two-thirds of the women in these areas drink above the recommended limit of three drinks per day. "Women in these areas have lavish lifestyles, but without the need to work, they are extremely socially active. It is the classic group of ladies who lunch," says Patrick Tate, director of analytics at CACI, the firm that did the research. The men in these areas are also more likely to drink more than the recommended amount, but this trend is less dramatic than for their female counterparts. "Our research showed a common perception among some middle-class groups that regularly drinking at home, particularly wine, is safe and sensible," says Lyn Brierley-Jones, research fellow at the University of Sunderland's department of pharmacy, health and wellbeing. "These home drinkers don't see their drinking pattern as problematic, but evidence suggests that such regular drinking will lead to significant health problems later in life." Women in these areas are also twice as likely to suffer from depression or mental illness compared to those with more modest lifestyles.

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