Alcohol abuse is a common addiction in our society. Many lives, and livelihoods have been lost because of alcohol abuse. This is not surprising given alcohol is legally sold in retail stores.
Men often come to mind first when one talks or thinks about alcohol abuse; however, that trend is changing with women now abusing alcohol at similar levels to men.
It was estimated that of the 15.1 million alcohol abusers in the United States, about 4.6 million are women. Further, the Alcoholic Beverage Consumption by Adults Dietary Guidelines found that 8 percent of American women are heavy drinkers. This means that they drink at least 4 to 5 drinks daily.
New Alcoholic Drinks for Women
Women who are health-conscious are specifically being marketed to with a new 100% natural preservative free beer. These beers are also being positioned as diet alcoholic drinks with a low amount of calories.
“There’s no question that the alcohol industry is presenting their goods to women as though they’re diet products,” said David Jernigan, director of the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Studies have found that some women are practicing “drunkorexia” a term used for those engaging in decreased eating or excessive exercise to save up calories in order to spend them binge drinking at night. In 2011 this practice gained attention when it was found that 16 percent of college students, mostly women, admitted to depriving themselves of food just to be able to drink and stay thin or loose weight. faster”.
Among the alcoholic products for women are Select 55 and Skinny Girl Cocktails.
What Brought the Numbers Up
There are several reasons for the increase in female alcohol abuse or dependence. First, the stigma has faded for women in the workforce.
Second, easy access to alcohol and new alcoholic drinks specifically targeting women have encouraged more women to drink alcohol even to the point where some of them binge drink.
Third, with the recent economic recession in the United States, some women have become the primary wage earner in their family and this pressure has caused some to abuse alcohol.
Lastly, with more equality in the workplace some women have adopted a different attitude to alcohol.
Narconon Rehab Center
Unlike some rehab centers that follow 12 step programs, in the Narconon Rehab Center you will find eight steps to recovery which aim to permanently rehabilitate without the need for a lifetime of follow up meetings.
Individuals enrolled in the long-term program are helped through withdrawal and detoxification. They then gain the life skills they need to stay drug and alcohol free and to maintain their personal integrity, often lost while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or drugs call Narconon East US today at (877) 237-3307. All calls are confidential.