Intergovernmental committee on Drugs working party on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Australia: An Update
8.2 The Changing Role of Women in Australian Society
One of the biggest social changes seen in Australia in recent years is in relation to women and alcohol (Roche et al. 2008)*. Traditionally, women did not drink. This was the preserve of males. If women did drink, they did so only very lightly. Intoxication by women was subject to extreme social opprobrium. In recent decades this has changed dramatically and women now drink in increasingly similar ways to men. This substantial change in drinking patterns and changes in a range of related social norms are highlighted below.
* This section draws heavily on work undertaken by NCETA examining the role of cultural influences on young people’s drinking. The reader is referred to Roche et al. (2008) Young People and Alcohol: The Role of Cultural Influences. This report can be obtained from NCETA or downloaded from Australia's National Research Centre on Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development.
Chapter 8: Women, workers and system change: professional education and workforce development