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The Alarming Rise in Women’s Drinking

A recent study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research

Researchers looked at millions of emergency room visits nationally between 2006 and 2014. They showed that ER alcohol related visits were increasing significantly by women. For women alone, the total number of alcohol-related ER visits increased from 947,173 in 2006 to 1,609,320 in 2014. The steepest increase for women was seen in the 25-34 age group and the 55-64 age group. Though the increase in acute alcohol-related ER visits was similar for both genders, the increase in chronic alcohol-related visits was much higher for women (6.9 percent) than for men (4.5 percent).

The types of visits were to the ER were of concern.

Many of the additional visits to the ER were by young women who required medical attention for problems related to chronic drinking, like  alcohol withdrawal, alcohol-related liver damage and heart damage. These are not the types of visits ER doctors expect to see among young women in this age range.

The ER data heralds shifts in women’s health.

Christina Girgis, M.D., says there’s a need to address the underlying factors linked to substance use and women. She also noted that women who are stressed, in difficult relationships, or being subjected to domestic violence, tend to drink more. Awareness programs about the dangers of drinking need to be geared to women as well as men.

Lighthearted attitudes and memes about social drinking among women shouldn’t be sloughed off.

Studies have shown that alcohol-dependent women progress faster from onset of alcohol drinking to treatment entry. Consider the effect normalization of day-time drinking, in book clubs for example, has on those one or two women who are on the edge of problem to chronic drinking.

Women experience obstacles when it comes to seeking help for alcohol consumption.

Who’s going to take care of the kids? Where my drinking is concerned, how can I safeguard my family and myself from judgmental attitudes or even reports to child protective agencies? If you or another woman in your family is in trouble with alcohol, you might want to look into women-centered recovery options.

Women between the ages of 18-65 are welcome to join our community and sisterhood at Villa Tranquil Recovery. Come spend time in our beautiful home located in Jupiter Farms, Florida after your primary care treatment program. For information, call:  214-799-3080