What Gender is Alcohol?
Mixed Methods study of Gender and Alcohol
Alcohol as a "Male" or "Female"?
Gender Double-standards of Drinking, Exposed!
Young students (aged 18-25) explained their concerns with gender double-standards related to alcohol were commonly related to amount consumed and the type of alcohol consumed. It was expressed although double-standards should not important to those who drink, it is common for masculinity and femininity to to come across when drinking. Throughout the study, males and females expressed their opinion about the type of drink, where beer was considered masculine and a drink that was perhaps more sweet, colorful and fruity would be characterized as feminine. Females drinking beer received similar amounts of bias as males drinking sweet, colorful, fruity drinks, as the type of drink induced the double-standard. There was a heavy emphasis upon the different perceptions of males and females that were "drunk", where drunk males induced a comical response by their peers and drunk females were thought of as sad. These stereotypes by the study continue to exist today, as alcohol still has not become equally accepted among the sexes.
Occasionally, I enjoy an alcoholic beverage and often times it is beer. Although this is known to be more of a masculine drink, with respect to alcohol, I have never felt less feminine. Additionally, I have never received any type of bias or have been confronted with a gender double-standard as a result of choosing this type of drink. Perhaps the gender double-standard is lessened depending upon the assertiveness of the person as well as other confident characteristics which would hinder such bias from occurring. Overall, it is interesting to see that although many students agree gender perceptions of alcohol should not occur, alcoholic drinks still induce double-standards from many people today.