Women & Alcohol
There is tremendous pressure on young women today to look a certain way and be a certain size. When they realize the ideal portrayed in the media may not be realistic, some turn to extreme tactics to limit or expunge their calories. This can lead to the development of anorexia, bulimia, and other variations of these disorders such as drunkorexia.
Long hidden due to shame and stigma, the issue of women who drink to dangerous levels is finally brought to light in a documentary film that goes into great detail about who these women are and why they started on the path of self-destructive drinking.
A young mother attending her children’s school functions and sports events doesn’t create the typical picture of a person with a drug addiction, but it’s an alarming and growing reality, say experts. Recent articles have highlighted moms who have had children removed from the home or spent time incarcerated for drug use, often resorting to drugs as an attempt to cope with long lists of stressors and responsibilities.
There is a lot of pressure from society for women to have it all. We’re taught that it’s completely plausible to have a great career, be a first-rate mom, and look great doing it. But inside, many women pursuing this path of perfection are falling apart.
More women than ever are drinking and then getting behind the wheel, says a recent study – and they may be doing it as a reaction to rising stress levels associated with balancing work and parenting.
A new study has found that female drunk drivers tend to be older, well-educated, and divorced, widowed, or separated. Researchers from the University of Nottingham found that emotional and mental health problems were common factors in alcohol-related offenses among women.
No longer affecting men only, alcoholism today is an equal opportunity disease. But women and alcoholism are, in many ways, much different than their male counterparts. Researchers across the spectrum of alcohol prevention, treatment, education and outreach continue to study alcohol’s effects on women, whether different treatment protocols should be utilized, the effects of genetics and family history, and physiological, psychological and social differences.
When you hear the words “alcoholic mother,” you already have a mental image that’s disconcerting and confusing. It’s actually a dichotomy. Mothers are supposed to be nurturing, caring individuals, not falling-down drunks. How can the two possibly go together? The sad reality is that alcoholism knows no gender boundaries, nor does it pay heed to age, race, nationality, religious persuasion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. A woman can, therefore, be an alcoholic and a mother at the same time. There are a host of dangers in being an alcoholic mother. Let’s look at some of them.
Men historically make up the majority of alcohol-related auto crashes, but more young women are becoming involved in drunk-driving fatalities. Dr. Virginia Tsai of the University of California San Diego and colleagues found that fatal alcohol-related crashes involving female drivers increased by 3.1 percent between 1995 and 2007, while incidents involving male drivers increased by 1.2 percent. They also found that substance abuse has increased among teenage girls.
It’s well known that prenatal alcohol exposure can impair brain development in children. A new study shows that prenatal alcohol exposure may also change the brain’s developing brain regulatory system.
Talk of alcohol consumption usually creates visions of problems in the long term that can include liver disease and even brain damage. The latest information on the topic posted in Science Daily shows that moderate to heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages is directly associated with a 1.3-fold increased risk of breast cancer recurrence.
New research suggests that drinking alcohol can cause breast cancer to return, so breast cancer survivors should stay away from frequent drinking.
A new study shows that excessive alcohol use can relate to overeating and depression in young women. In the study, researchers surveyed 393 men and 383 women at ages 24, 27, and 30 about their weight, alcohol use, and depression symptoms within the last year.