What hath feminism wrought?? Increased alcoholism in women.
The obvious answer is the rise of feminism as the dominant ideology in British society. As women became more affluent and achieved equal rights in the work place, their alcohol consumption rose. The Cinzano generation brought laudable reforms. But the power of the women’s liberation movement and the blanket application of feminist ideas to every aspect of our lives meant that it became impossible to criticise any element of the rapidly-changing culture, from its detrimental effect on men and boys to the pressures it put on women themselves.
OK. Next stunner -- alcohol absorption in women differs from in men, to their detriment.
If a woman and a man drink the same amount, even allowing for differences in body weight, the woman will have a higher blood-alcohol concentration. Women have lower levels of ADH, an enzyme involved in the metabolism of alcohol. Their bodies also have a higher ratio of fat to water, which affects the way they metabolise alcohol. This is not fair, but it is fact.
But here's the kicker: women in Britain have so lashed their government into shape (about gender-blind society) that now they're angry that this fact hasn't been addressed. "Hey, Gov," sez they, "why didn't you warn us?"
There is no winning with this crowd. Can't argue with facts, though many try. "Biology is destiny" echoes from deep recesses of the brain...