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Neighborhood type affects male alcohol use

TORONTO, March 5 (UPI) -- Men living in poorer areas tend to drink more alcohol than men living in affluence but women drink about the same in either location, a Canadian study suggests.

Study leader Flora Matheson of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and colleagues say the study found no real difference in drinking patterns among women regardless of whether they live in a low-income or affluent neighborhood.

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On average, women in low-income neighborhoods drank 2.6 drinks each week vs. women in affluent neighborhoods who drank 2.2 drinks each week.

However, there was a large difference in drinking patterns among men.

The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health Men, found men in low-income neighborhoods drank 8.5 drinks weekly compared to men in wealthy neighborhoods who drank 4.5 drinks weekly.

"While research has shown men are more susceptible to drinking than women, our study has found a large gap in drinking patterns between men and women and among men depending on where they live," Matheson says in a statement. "Surprisingly, where a women lives really doesn't impact her tendency to drink."

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