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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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Men with slow heartbeat may be capable of violence

patient_with_heart_trouble_1600_wht_7075It seems that men with resting heartbeats of less than 60 beats per minute at age 18 are 50% more likely to go on to commit violent crime compared with those with more than 80 beats per minute.

Crimes such as assault, murder, kidnapping and rape. They are also a third more likely to suffer unintentional injuries from causes such as traffic accidents.

Scientists speculate this is because they are more fearless (or perhaps psychopathic?)

They draw these conclusions based on a study of 700,000 Swedish men born between 1958 and 1991 who had their resting heartbeat measured when conscripted for national service.

They followed the men for up to 30 years and found a strong link between their resting heart rate and whether or not they had a criminal record or had been involved in accidents.

The findings pose a conundrum “No one wants to blame individuals for the violence they endure. They can hardly be blamed for having a low resting heart rate that puts them at risk” said psychologist Professor Raine commenting on the study.

“Yet if we accept this logic, should the legal system accept low resting heart rate as a mitigating factor for the commission of serious violence?

Perhaps more importantly girls; if your man’s heartbeat isn’t racing when you’re together it might not just be that he’s not into you!

Statins making women more aggressive!

stick_figure_sitting_on_pills_1600_wht_13337Statins, hailed as the wonder drug all of us should be given after a certain age, and designed to reduce our cholesterol levels, have been found to have some unwelcome side effects.

Scientists have found that women over 45, who haven’t previously shown any inclination to be violent, tend to be more aggressive when taking statins.

According to Professor Beatrice Golomb at the University of California said “Many studies have like low cholesterol to increased risk of violent actions ands death from violence” (whether suicide ,accident or homicide).

Her team carried out trials on 1,000 men and post-menopausal women. Those who struggled to get to sleep appeared to be the ones at most risk of a surge in aggression.

While a few men became more aggressive, generally statins seem to make men less angry, particularly younger men (who tend to be more aggressive anyway).

The greater the drop in testosterone for those on the statin simvastatin the greater the drop in aggression on average.

A greater rise in sleep problems for those on it was significantly linked to a greater rise in aggression.

So if you’re a post-menopausal women taking statins and having trouble sleeping – you may be more prone to violent outbursts. Partners beware!