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Drug Alcohol Use By Women Is Increasing In The US
They’re mothers, wives, grandmothers, teachers, businesswomen and more–and they’re suffering from addiction at unprecedented levels. According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, approximately six million American women are alcohol-dependent and 2.6 million women have problems with drug addiction. The number of female arrests for DUI rose thirty percent between 1998 and 2007, an indication of a growing problem.
Wine is a Woman’s Drink
Surveys show that women are inclined to consider hard liquor something to be ashamed of, but wine is accepted as a benign and sophisticated drink. Despite its romance, wine can be about twelve percent alcohol, while fortified wine such as port or sherry can contain about seventeen percent alcohol. This is only twenty-three percent less than hard liquor.
Wine as a woman’s drink is pushed in various ways, including TV shows and magazines. Mothers feel that they wouldn’t be judged for having a glass of wine after a long day alone with the kids. Seeing a woman unwind after a long day with a warm bath and a glass of wine doesn’t make you think, “Alcoholic,” right? Well, what if she had a glass of vodka in her hand?
The truth is, wine is just as addictive as hard liquor and more surreptitious. What starts out as an innocent bit of “fun” can lead to far worse.
Used to Drown Painful Memories
Alcohol has been used for centuries as a “forgetter”, helping people drown their sorrows and numb regrets. Archaeologists have found evidence of alcohol preparation dating as far back as 10,000 BC. The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote at great length about the effects of alcohol. The ancient philosopher Seneca wrote, “Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.” Yet it has been a continued favorite of mankind down the ages, many cultures drinking it more than water.
Per recent surveys, 52% of addicted women had experienced physical abuse in their pasts, and 74% reported incidents of sexual abuse. Girls growing up in violent homes and women in abusive home situations are far more likely to turn to drugs and alcohol to deal with it.
A woman may also turn to alcohol to forget feelings of isolation as a stay-at-home mom, or to numb the turmoil that can often follow pregnancy and birth. She may be experiencing emotional abuse from a spouse, may feel trapped in a relationship, or may have lost a loved one. Or it may begin as a simple “Girls Night Out” and turn into a daily occurrence.
When to Get Help
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, one drink a day is not dangerous for women. However, if you find yourself craving a drink, unable to get through the day without it, drinking earlier in the day, or find yourself increasing the amount you are drinking every day, you may need to seek help.
The same is true if you find yourself overusing a prescription or taking a drug when it is not needed. Or using an illicit drug; no matter what type of drug it is.
Drugs are often used as a solution to a problem. Unfortunately they cause a much greater problem to anyone who uses them.
Any issues with drug or alcohol use should be treated immediately with professional rehabilitation services. Narconon centers in Florida as well as other locations have successfully handled substance abuse issues with women helping seven out of ten to permanently recovery from the problem.
Contact us today for more information.