Women Practice “Drunkorexia”, Experts Report

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.

 

Source:
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/women-now-abusing-alcohol-at-similar-levels-to-men-20130206-2dyql.html
Resources:
http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/road-to-drunkorexia/274205/

 

Experts Say, Drug, Alcohol Abuse More Likely Among High School Dropouts

According to a report from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, high school students who drop out before graduating are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol.

While this is not surprising, the report indicates the problem is a serious one.

“The fact that nearly one in seven students drops out of high school has enormous public health implications for our nation,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde.

Statistics of Alcohol Abuse Among Youth

Although under age drinking is illegal, people aged 12 to 20 years consume 11 percent of alcohol in the United States. Statistics reveal that 90 percent of alcohol is consumed in the form of binge drinking. Under age drinkers drink more alcohol per occasion than adult drinkers. In 2010, approximately 189,000 emergency room visits occurred with young people under the age of 21 due to alcohol-related injuries and other conditions.

Implications When Young People Abuse Alcohol

  • Teens who binge drink are more likely to develop addiction to alcohol.
  • Teens who have experienced alcohol withdrawal may have problems with memory.
  • Nearly half of violent deaths involving teens are alcohol-related.
  • More than three times the number of girls in eighth-grade who drink alcohol have attempted suicide compared to girls who do not drink.
  • Alcohol intoxication is linked with suicide attempts using lethal methods and it was found out that people who successfully committed suicide have alcohol present in their blood.
  • Alcohol decreases the ability to pay attention among teens.
  • Teens who drink are more likely to engage in unprotected sex, get sexually assaulted andcontract sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Alcohol abuse can lead to use of other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and heroin.

Narconon Program is Drug Free

Alcohol addiction is a pervasive societal problem that seems to have no end. Rehabilitation is available at Narconon Rehab centers.

The New Life Detoxification Program is one component of the complete Narconon program that brings about Narconon’s high success rate. Here the participant gets rid of cravings triggered by alcohol or drug toxins. These drug cravings, if they remain unhandled, are a key reason addicts revert to alcohol or drugs. The program consists of dry, low heat sauna, moderate exercise and nutritional supplements to flush the toxins of the body.

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.

 

Source:
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20130219/drug-alcohol-abuse-more-likely-among-high-school-dropouts

Resources:
http://www.cdc.gov/alcohol/fact-sheets/underage-drinking.htm
http://www.medicinenet.com/alcohol_and_teens/article.htm

 

Women Catching Up with Men When it Comes to Alcohol Abuse, Experts Say

Experts say they are seeing women abusing alcohol at similar levels to men.

While law mandates gender equality, when it comes to drinking alcohol men and women are decidedly different. It is important for women to understand these differences and the health and safety issues involved in drinking alcohol.

Why Women are more Affected by Alcohol than Men

Women tend to be smaller than men, but that is not the entire reason they are more affected by alcohol than men. In fact, even if a women is the same size as a man she may be more affected by the same amount of alcohol.

There are 3 reasons for this. Women tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men. Because fat retains alcohol while water dilutes it, the alcohol remains in a woman’s body at higher concentrations for longer periods of time. Women also have lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase and aldehyde dehydrogenase, two enzymes that break down alcohol in the stomach and liver. This results in more alcohol being absorbed into the blood stream than would occur with a male body. And finally, a woman’s ability to metabolize alcohol may be affected by hormone level changes occurring during the menstrual cycle.

Health Risks of Women Abusing Alcohol

Women who are abusing or dependent on alcohol may run the risk of various health problems including:

  • Liver disease.
  • Brain damage.
  • Falls and hips fractures.
  • Premature menopause.
  • Infertility and miscarriages,
  • Osteoporosis.
  • High blood pressure and heart disease.

Narconon Rehab Centers

Although alcohol addiction can be treated, the challenge is how easy it is to find it and therefore how hard it is to resist for a former addict.

For over 46 years Narconon has helped people recover from alcohol addiction through a drug-free method. Narconon has gained a 76 percent success rate-meaning 7 out of 10 graduates of the long-term rehabilitation program go on to lead successful lives.

At a Narconon Rehab Center, students not only withdraw from drugs and undergo detoxification they also learn life skills and develop personal integrity and the knowledge to handle problems and issues without resorting to alcohol.

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.

 

Source:
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/women-now-abusing-alcohol-at-similar-levels-to-men-20130206-2dyql.html

Resources:

http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/HealthIssues/1055861926.html
http://www.helpguide.org/harvard/women_alcohol.htm

 

 

Drunk Driving is one of the Leading Causes of Teen Death

Alcohol is a drug that can be procured without a prescription. Unlike other legal or illegal substances, where users need to hide behind the cloak of darkness to get their “fix”, alcohol is available everywhere. It is no wonder that a disproportionate number of teens die in alcohol-related accidents.

The risk of a fatal crash is 2 times more likely for teens than experienced drivers when they have been drinking. Reckless drinking related to friends is also a factor. Alcohol abuse is more likely where the teen’s friends or family are risk takers or troublemakers.

In fact, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about 31 percent of teens, aged 15 to 20, involved in fatal crashes have alcohol in their system at the time of their death.

More Risks from Teen Alcohol Abuse

Factor in teen suicide. High school students who drink are more likely to seriously consider attempting suicide, compared to non-drinkers. High school students who binge-drink are four times more likely to have attempted suicide, compared to non-drinkers.

Engage in risky sex. Teen drinkers are more than twice as likely to engage in sex that is unsafe, compared to non-drinkers.

Risk of using other drugs. Teen drinkers are more likely to use marijuana, inhalants and other substances. Binge drinking can increase the likelihood of these activities.

Affects academic performance. A government study made in 2007 revealed the relationship between binge drinking and grades. Two thirds of students who got “A’s” were non-drinkers, while nearly half of the students who got “D’s” and “F’s” reported binge drinking.

Find a Narconon Rehab Center

Dependence on alcohol can lead to health risks, social and mental problems. Therefore, it is important for teens with this kind of addiction to seek immediate help before it leads to even bigger problems. Narconon alcohol rehabilitation centers work to help people of all ages achieve sobriety. To find a Narconon rehab center check your Internet Narconon listings. Narconon has more than 40 years experience in helping alcoholics overcome the habit permanently

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.

Source:
http://www.dailyrx.com/alcohol-abuse-may-be-more-common-men-troublemaker-friends-and-family

 

Ability to “Hold Your Liquor ‘ May Raise Your Alcohol Abuse Risk

Ability to ‘hold your liquor’ may raise your alcohol abuse risk according to researchers at Arizona State University and Yale University.

While this ‘ability’ may appear to have short-term benefits, the long term risks are increased levels of alcohol abuse and addiction. Heavier drinking is associated with a lower initial subjective response to alcohol and a greater acquired tolerance.

“In the short term, being able to hold your alcohol may allow you to avoid some consequences because you’re not feeling as intoxicated, but the problem is, that allows those people to continue drinking more heavily over time, which ultimately increases their risk of serious alcohol problems,” said William R. Corbin, PHD and leader of the study

How Alcohol Tolerance Can Affect You

If a person is less responsive to the effects of alcohol, they may feel they are at less risk of developing an addiction or having alcohol related problems. The reverse is true; these individuals are actually at higher risk.

The worry is that they will continue to drink heavily, thinking they are fine, and end up with an alcoholism problem.

Narconon Program Treats Alcohol Addiction

The Narconon program has proven success in treating alcohol abuse for over 40 years.

The program does not use drug substitutes, but rather is entirely drug free. One of the components of this innovative drug rehab is the Narconon New Life Detoxification program. Here participants spend time in a low heat, dry sauna, do light aerobic exercises and take nutritional supplements to get rid of drug toxins that remain in the body. These toxins bring about cravings for alcohol or drugs and can prevent recovery. At Narconon drug cravings are tackled head on together with the other barriers to full rehab: guilt and depression.

Graduates of the long-term Narconon program are considered recovered and do not need to attend meetings to remain sober.

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.

 

Source:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/addiction/ability-to-hold-your-liquor-may-raise-your-alcohol-abuse-risk.aspx