The National Addictions Survey confirms that consumption of alcohol is the leading drug problem in Mexico.

After more than a century of struggle for recognition as citizens and enjoy rights and opportunities for public participation, Mexican women have gained much over time, while a decade have good time putting the pace to drink wine and beer, leaving the memory of a time when a decent woman could drink only at the discretion of the home a glass of port, sherry or vermouth or whether it belonged to the working class, in the department of “ladies” in the colonial pulquerías capital’s.

Although today there are still laws, beliefs, behaviors and social environments adverse to the freedoms and rights of women today are equal to men in the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Despite being illegal, it is not surprising that adolescents Sinaloa port of Mazatlan , high school uniform, drinking in public “whales” of beer wrapped in brown paper, waiting for some inspiration or some concession intimate sunset green ray that occasionally appears on the horizon North Pacific Mexico.

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When women demanded equality with men, she never imagined that bars, exclusive territory of men, much less the street, would surrender at his feet to do what previously only macho males did. Today, the ground is even, men and women share spaces and drink at the same pace. According to the annual update of the National Addiction Survey, 61.3 percent of the population aged 12 to 65 years accepted in 2008 having ever used alcohol, three years later, the figure rose to 71.3 percent.

While illicit drug use has remained stable, the number of people who agreed to have alcohol dependence increased from 5.0 percent in 2008 to 6.2 percent in 2011. So that dependence on men doubled (3.5 to 6.2 percent) and tripled in women (6-2 percent). Beer remains the preferred drink of the total population and consumes more than half of the male population (53.6 percent) and a third of the female population (29.3 percent). Although the percentage of consumers under 17 remains higher in men (64.9 percent) than women (43.3 percent), the percentage change in the range of 18-25 years in men is 33 and 46.1 percent in women. Overall, the Sinaloa women consume more alcohol than men.

An additional problem is the epidemic of smoking in adolescents, young adults and women reached 17.3 million Mexicans spread over 12 million men and 5.2 million women. While the issue of drug legalization remains frozen, addictions to alcohol and snuff progress in Mexico, especially among young people, and today constitute public health problems the most highly regarded and leading cause of death by traffic accidents , part of another article.