Anything you can do, I can do too

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Violent offences and sex attacks, increased alcohol consumption and partner abuse, have all increased dramatically for women.

Gone are the days of ladylike behaviour. Increasingly women are copying the worst behaviours of men. They are just as likely as men to troll partners online; they are swearing more than men (who have cut down); and drinking more than ever before.

Teenage girls in the UK are twice more likely than boys to get drunk than almost anywhere else in Europe where it is the other way round. They are also more likely to be drink-driving than men from the age of 30 with a doubling of the number of women convicted for it since 1998.

figure_behind_bars_anim_500_wht_3524There are currently almost a hundred women in prison for violent behaviour, up a third, and over a hundred serving time for serious sexual offences, three times the number, compared to ten years ago.

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What kind of drunk are you?

stick_figure_drunk_500_wht_11670Some psychologists believe that we turn into one of four character types when we are drunk.

Ernest Hemingway – someone who is barely affected by excess alcohol

Mary Poppins – someone whois friendly and compassionate

The Nutty Professor – a quiet type transformed into a confident extrovert

Mr Hyde – someone who becomes menacing and hostile.

The researchers, at the University of Misoouri-Columbia, found that most people who fell into the last category were women!

The largest numbers of drunks, 40%, equally divided between men and women, fall into the Hemingway category who were very similar whether sober or intoxicated with no apparent impact on their intellect or personal organisation.

Previous studies show that conscientiousness and intellect are affected negatively by alcohol so thesis something of a surprise.

Nutty Professor types found it hardest to keep things together. This group comprises 1/5 of us, mainly men.

Mary Poppins types would be compassionate listeners and look after you but only make up 15% of the population. They suffer the least detriment to their conscientiousness and cognitive ability.

Mr Hyde types are to be avoided. They are hostile and become more disagreeable with each drink showing the dark side of their personality. Most likely to suffer blackouts or be arrested for being drunk and disorderly and suffer more harm to themselves. Unfortunately a quarter of us fall into this category and 2/3 are women.

Scientists have known for a long time that 50% of alcoholism cane be explained by genetics. Researchers have now discovered that the RSU1 gene, which seems to light up in response to rewards such as chocolate, is also associated with alcohol abuse.

Other research suggested that blue-eyed people were more prone to alcoholism.