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A Global Epidemic of Alcoholism Among Women

A Global Epidemic of Alcoholism Among Women

Here's a question-do you think of alcoholism as something that effects men or women? Who do you picture when you think of an alcoholic? Well, most people would probably answer that they think of men when they think of someone suffering from an addiction to alcohol, but surprising new statistics show that alcohol abuse is becoming an epidemic among women all over the world. Yes, men still suffer from higher rates of alcoholism, but-especially in wealthier countries-women are closing the gap. In fact, alcohol abuse is skyrocketing among third world and developing countries, and it's women that are really driving that growth. The aspirational lifestyles of upwardly-mobile Indians and Chinese women lead to the idea that a wealthy woman drinks wine-sometimes multiple glasses per night.

And it's not just in the developing countries. Even nations like the United States are seeing rising rates of female alcohol abuse. "Those born between 1978 and 1983 are the weekend warriors, drinking to black out," said Katherine Keyes, a researcher who studied more than 31 studies of alcoholism worldwide. "In that age group, there is a reduction in male drinking, and a sharp increase for women."

Here's what you can do when you think you might have a problem drinking:

•Admit you might have a problem

•Seek help

•Look into treatment

•Stop drinking

Call Retreat at Lancaster County to learn more about alcoholism and how it can impact you. Alcoholism is a disease, one that threatens people's health, families, and careers. But it's no unsolvable-there is good help available. Medications and cognitive-behavioral therapy have been shown to be effective in treating alcohol abuse. Call now to arrange transportation to our conveniently located facility from anywhere in OH, PA, NJ, NY, and DE.

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