Women and Alcoholism – Myths and Scary Facts

A lot of media puts men as the face of alcoholism when this is not really the case. As times have changed, it has become more socially acceptable for women to drink. You can find more women at bars and other drinking events today. Ironically, women are sometimes encouraged to go out and drink. While this may be a result of progressive movements that aimed to promote equality, it also brings in the harmful effects of alcoholism into everyday women lives.

Since women have different body types, a lot of women drink less and still get drunk faster. Women usually weigh less than men. Alcohol spreads quickly in body water but does not spread as much in fat. Therefore, women tend to feel the effects of alcohol a lot faster than men.  This is one of the reasons why women can become addicted to alcohol more quickly. Fortunately, women are also more likely to seek treatment. Still, there are many misunderstandings when it comes to alcoholism that should be cleared up.

What Are the Reasons Women Start Drinking?

All women are different and start drinking for various reasons. However, there are some specific reasons women might drink compared to men. If you find yourself drinking to cope with problems in your life, you should consider admitting you might have a problem and start seeking help. Here are some of the factors that increase your chances of using alcohol unhealthily.

  • You have a higher chance of abusing alcohol if you have a family member who is alcohol dependent.
  • You have a higher chance of abusing alcohol if your partner abuses it.
  • You have a higher chance of abusing alcohol if you can drink more than others when you go out.
  • You have a higher chance of abusing alcohol if you have clinical depression
  • You have a higher chance of abusing alcohol if you have been physically or sexually abused.

Myths on Health

Many people have heard that drinking daily can be healthy. There is a saying that says a glass of wine a day can reduce diseases like heart problems or help you become slimmer. It is true that there are research studies that have shown correlations, but alcohol is never the best way to do this. Alcohol can increase a suitable type of cholesterol, but exercise does this too. If you want to drink, make sure you are not drinking because you think it’s healthy. You should drink in the same way you would eat candy. It is a treat, and you need to have your health in mind when you indulge in it.

Binge Drinking has Serious Effects

While not everyone who binges drinks is an alcoholic, there are still harmful effects that can happen. Frequent binge drinking can affect people mentally and physically. It is always a good idea to try to avoid binge drinking as much as you can.

  • Your liver may be damaged
  • Your brain may become damaged
  • You have a higher chance of getting heart disease
  • You may feel nauseous
  • You may become dehydrated
  • Your decision-making skills may become worse
  • Some sexual assaulters target drunk people in particular
  • You can get alcohol poisoning
  • You have a higher chance of getting a divorce
  • Your relationships around you may deteriorate faster.

Unexpected binge drinking effects are ususally watched in most of patients.

Ethnicity

Different ethnicities have a higher chance to drink a lot in their lives.

  • 71% of white women have binged in their lives
  • 47% of black women have binged in their lives
  • 47% of Hispanic women have binged in their lives
  • 37% of Asian women have binged in their lives

Medical Risks

Alcoholism will make anyone unhealthy, but some risks are unique to women. These added reasons should help you understand that if you are finding it hard to stop drinking, you may want to seek medical help. Women are more susceptible to harmful effects compared to men because of their body size.

Breast cancer

Studies show that women who drink have a higher chance of getting breast cancer. Drinking a little bit does not seem to increase your chances by much. However, if you binge drink or rely on alcohol heavily, it can exponentially increase your chances.

Drinking during pregnancy

This can have serious health consequences for you and your unborn child. The disorder that affects unborn children is called Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

 

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