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A new study suggests women and binge drinking don't mix. Conducted by University College London researchers, the study on the drinking habits of women revealed increases in emergency contraception use and virginity loss due to alcohol. I sometimes lose my keys, but perhaps that's not the same.
According to the study, women who consumed more than 14 units of alcohol (140 mL of ethanol) weekly were almost twice as likely to use emergency contraception. Abortions were 1.4 times as likely to have been performed on binge drinking women than on their sober sisters. The number of women who lost their virginity to a martini glass with pretty eyes rose to 6.8 percent in 2008 from 2.4 percent in the '40s.
It should be noted that these statistics are for UK women. Whether the same study conducted in the United States, which has significantly more college campuses, would differ, remains to be seen.
To be politically correct, the study could also suggest that those who prey on women do so more often after the ladies have had a few more pints in them. Either way, the report, written about by the UK's Daily Mail, comes with some photos of drunk women in their natural state -- very inspirational for a sobering new set of statistics.
-- JUSTIN McCRAW
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