Women and Substance Abuse
Today's Women More Prone to Alcohol Dependence
A large cross-sectional study of women born after World War II found that they were more likely to be alcohol dependent sometime during their lifetime compared with those who were born prior to 1943. No such increase was found for men born during the same periods.
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Other Risks for Women
She wakes up groggy with a tremendous hangover, then makes a startling discovery. She is not in her own room, not in her own bed, and not alone.
Implant Alcohol Treatment Popular Among Professional Women
Professional women who drink secretly at home and do not wish to harm their reputations by seeking traditional alcohol treatment are turning to clinics in Eastern Europe which offer an implant treatment not available in the USA or the U.K.
Drinking and the Female Brain
Women who drink to excess experience more brain damage and sooner that males and may experience even more severe long-term effects than men, according to two new studies.
Female Drinking & Brain Damage
The latest studies show that females face more brain damage and memory loss than men who drink the same amount for the same period of time.
More British Women Binge Drinking
A new survey in the United Kingdom has found that almost two-thirds of young women admit to drinking so much that they woke up the next morning with virtually no memory of events of the night before.
New Generation of Drunks -- Young Women
A British government report says that young professional women are among the country's most prolific drinkers -- twice as likely to drink at least five days a week and drinking greater quantitites than other women.
Women and the Effects of Alcohol
Women continue to be at higher risk than are men for certain serious medical consequences of alcohol use, including liver, brain, and heart damage.
Young Female Drinkers - You're a Target!
The rise in alcohol consumption among young women, especially in the United Kingdom, is prompting the alcohol industry to come up with new ways to attract female drinkers worldwide with new marketing approaches that will "create new drinking occasions and new opportunities."
Alcohol Disrupts Women's Sleep More
Research shows that alcohol disrupts the sleep of women even more than it does men.
Treatment Helps Women Avoid Return to Prison
Effective alcohol and drug treatment programs can reduce growing prison populations and help keep convicts on parole from returning to prison.
Women Influenced Differently by Alcoholic Parent
There are differences in how the risk of parental alcoholism is transmitted from parent to daughter, than from parent to son, and women are affected to a greater degree by parental alcoholism history, according to Research Society on Alcoholism scientists.
Why Women Abuse Substances
Women begin abusing alcohol and drugs for different reasons than men do 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.
Short-Term Programs Effectively Help Women
Up to 80 percent of women seeking substance abuse treatment report lifetime histories of sexual and/or physical assault, and many report symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder which can be helped with two short-term treatment programs.
Alcohol and Hormones
Alcohol can impair the functions of the hormone-releasing glands and of the target tissues, thereby causing serious medical consequences.
Alcohol and Women
Drinking behavior differs with the age, life role, and marital status of women. A woman's drinking resembles that of her husband, siblings, or close friends.
When heavy or frequent drinkers suddenly decide to quit "cold turkey" they will experience some physical withdrawal symptoms.
Gene Linked to Anxiety in Women
Researchers have identified a genetic factor that appears to influence anxiety in women which could be a warning signal for developing alcoholism.
How Women Recover From Addiction
Women who recover from drug and alcohol addiction may not kick the habit just for their children or because they have a sudden "wake up call" about their problem, according to a study of former female addicts.
Drinking Risky for College Women
Researchers found the odds of experiencing sexual aggression were nine times higher on heavy days and three times higher on nonheavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.
How Safe Are Women in Barrooms?
Environmental characteristics of bars, as well as women's behavior in bars, influence their risk for bar-related aggression.
The Abortion Link
Women who have had abortions are more likely to drink and use illicit drugs during subsequent pregnancies carried to term than women delivering their first pregnancies.
Women More Vulnerable?
Women appear to be more vulnerable than men to many adverse consequences of alcohol use.