What Are the Statistics of Alcohol Abuse Among Adult Women?

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Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Sunday, 10, November 2019

It is estimated that roughly 40 to 45% of adult women will report drinking within the last month, and around 10 to 12% of these women will report binge drinking. Two and a half percent of the women who drink in America would meet the criteria for alcohol dependency in the past year, and unfortunately, some women who are pregnant will drink, which will increase the risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, and cause mental and physical birth defects. Women will also tend to handle alcohol quite differently than men if a woman and a man both drank the same amount and were both the same weight; the woman would tend to have a higher blood-alcohol content than the man.

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The reason for this is because women have less of the necessary enzymes in the stomach to begin to process out the poisons. Female alcohol use disorders in the United States have increased. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported in a 2017 study that there was over an 80% increase between 2001 and 2103. A study that was done in 2018 found that there was a steady increase in alcohol-related emergency-room visits involving women between 2006 and 2014. Unfortunately, alcohol-related death caused by liver cirrhosis was on the rise for women between 2000 and 2013. Men do tend to consume more alcohol than women, but alcohol abuse, addiction, and dependency are an on-going issue throughout the United States, and 8 to 12% of the general population will meet the overall criteria for alcoholism.