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women_alcoholAlcohol Abuse and Mis-Use is an Equal Opportunity Problem

It is estimated that four-million women in the United States consume alcohol in a very unhealthy manner.  In both men and women, alcohol abuse is a predictable drinking behavior in which alcohol is consumed dangerously for both the drinker, and others around the drinker.

How Much Alcohol Women Can Tolerate Varies

A person's susceptibility toward becoming an alcoholic largely relies upon genetic and sociological factors.  However, in more extreme cases of alcoholism in women, the craving for alcohol can take on the severity of a food craving during menstruation or pregnancy.

Alcohol digested by a person is directed toward the body's water supply.  Since the average man is larger than the average women, mass-wise, a man will naturally contain a greater amount of water in his system, thus providing more of a filter for the alcohol.  Women, as a rule, become intoxicated more rapidly than men do, and metabolically for many reasons often related to hormonal differences, their organs are more affected by alcohol than a man's organs.

A woman suffering from alcoholism will, statistically., die faster than a male alcoholic drinking at the same rate and consistency.  Since there is not a great amount of water in a woman's body to filter the alcohol, the straight shot (no pun intended) to her organs will heighten the risk of brain, liver, heart, and pancreatic diseases, which can lead to death.  Also, the time it takes for a woman to first experience intoxication until the moment she will require treatment for alcoholism, progresses faster in a woman, than in a man.

If a woman still chooses to drink regardless of statistical risks of alcoholism, she should, at the least, be familiar with the signs that drinking may be a problem.  Women who consume alcohol who have never married, are living common-law with their significant other, or who are separated or divorced, often present with intense drinking patterns.

It is safe to predict that when a woman is suffering from alcoholism, there are possibly  other unknown factors affecting her life negatively and how much a woman will harmfully consume.

If a woman drinks to make herself feel at ease and boost her self-esteem, or is trying to battle anxiety or depressive symptoms, this may be a red flag that her drinking has alcoholic potential. Also, if she requires that alcohol is readily available wherever she is spending her time, and if her tolerance to alcohol is noticeably increased, this woman may be on her way to chronic alcoholism.

The women of today are expected to execute the highest proficiency in their daily roles as daughter, wife, mother, professional, etc.  Women who have problems with alcohol may not readily admit their fear of an issue.  These women have the need to appear as if they have their lives under complete control, and will not admit their drinking is out of hand.

Preventing alcohol abuse in women relies on figuring out what is making her drink uncontrollably and how much alcohol women are consuming.  If a woman is going through a divorce, has lost a loved one, is having trouble with her career, or is experiencing stress in any way, finding safe, alternative ways to acknowledge and deal with her negative emotions is key to preventing alcoholism.  

As with any disease, catching alcoholism in its early stages will potentially save, and make the quality of life much more fulfilling.  A woman who is exhibiting early signs of alcoholism can make a positive transformation much more fluidly than a women in the late stages of alcoholism.

Being a woman in today's society presents many paradoxical, often conflicting, societal "norms" when it comes to alcohol consumption and the risks associated.   The most dangerous of these is the fact that alcoholism as a disease seems to be more expected and anticipated for men, ie: a "man's disease".   Thus, it's significance and incidence in women is frequently ignored.  It's important for loved ones and healthcare professionals ito remain vigilant of the risk factors and indications for alcoholism in women.

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