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Alcohol According to the book "Women Under the Influence," which is a comprehensive 10-year analysis of substance abuse among girls and women, girls and young women are more likely than boys and young men to abuse substances to lose weight, relieve stress or boredom, improve their mood, reduce sexual inhibitions, relieve depression, and increase confidence.

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Women begin alcohol abuse and drug use for different reasons than men and may have more situations in their lives that trigger substance abuse, according to research by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

Women in alcohol abuse treatment are more than five times as likely as men(69 percent vs. 12 percent) to have been sexually abused as children. Women are also more likely than men to suffer eating disorders. Both of these are major risk factors for substance abuse, CASA reports. Women studied by CASA were more likely than men to say their heavy drinking followed a crisis, such as miscarriage, divorce, unemployment or recent departure of a child from the home.

Women who abuse alcohol or occasionally drink to excess, face greater risks to their health than their male counterparts. Taking into account the difference in body weight, women generally will become intoxicated quicker than men. There is also evidence that women become addicted faster than men and suffer the consequences of abuse-related illnesses sooner than their male counterparts. The effects of alcohol abuse on the liver are more severe for women than for men. Women develop alcoholic liver disease, particularly alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatitis, after a shorter period of time than men.

Proportionately more alcoholic women die from cirrhosis than do alcoholic men. These health risks are even greater for older women. Women are more likely than men to start drinking heavily later in life, and many times their alcohol use goes undiagnosed.

A study by the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that a woman's risk of breast cancer rises with the amount of alcohol regularly consumed. Drinking moderately or not at all can reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. The study showed that women, who drink two to five alcoholic drinks each day, were 41 percent more likely to develop breast cancer than nondrinkers. Excessive alcohol use also increases the risk of several digestive-tract cancers. Menstrual disorders have also been associated with chronic heavy drinking, which can lead to fertility problems. If a pregnant woman continues to drink throughout her pregnancy the effects on the fetus can be devastating.

The alcohol in the blood crosses the placenta through the umbilical cord and circulates through the baby’s system.. The consequences include but are not limited to miscarriage, developmental delays and a series of deformities know as FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME AND FETAL ALCOHOL EFFECTS. (FAS,FAE). . The dangers of alcohol use while pregnant are so severe that the March of Dimes recommends avoiding alcohol both before and during pregnancy, nor is there any dose of alcohol known to be safe during pregnancy.

Women are far more prone to be victims of emotional and mental abuse than men. It is also not unusual for women to sublimate their desire to act out more than men . For this reason, addiction for women is typically a solitary activity - one fraught with the shame and psychic pain associated with depression, anxiety, and poor self-concept.

At Women Drug Treatment we recognize the importance of treating the whole person and working with each woman to identify her specific areas of concern. Our dedicated team of professionals focuses on providing a safe, supportive, trauma sensitive environment where women feel a sense of comfort and security to reveal and share their painful issues.

Signs of Alcohol addiction:

  • Early physical signs include blackouts
  • Long term signs include weight loss due to not eating
  • Redness on face and/or hands
  • Liver problems (Cirrhosis)