Women Now Drink As Much As Men—Not So Much For Pleasure, But To Cope
Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else's. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn't have a problem, she thought.
"Because of what my picture of alcoholism was — old men who brown-bagged it in a parking lot — I thought I was fine," says Cooper, now sober and living in Chapel Hill, N.C.
That common image of who is affected by alcohol disorders, echoed throughout pop culture, was misleading over a decade ago when ...