Effects of Alcohol & Binge Drinking

Alcohol Treatment for Women - Media Articles

Alcohol addiction takes you away
from who you are,
how you want to live,
and what you care about most.

We know from experience that
alcohol treatment works.
Families heal.
And life gets better.

- Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Women & Effects of Alcohol

    As harmful as excessive drinking is for the average person, women are at even greater risk. Research has shown that the problems associated with drinking, especially the health impacts, are especially pronounced for women. A woman is more likely than a man to harm her health with long-term drinking, even if she drinks less alcohol for a shorter period of time (Holman et al., 1996; Piazza et al., 1989)...  

November 2017, Research Update, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Binge Drinking & Women

    Though heavy drinking has decreased over the last several years for men, the rates have increased for women, particularly among older adults. Breslow et al. (2017) examined survey data for alcohol use across a 17-year period (from 1997 to 2014). The prevalence of binge drinking for men age 60 and older remained unchanged whereas binge drinking increased roughly 3.7% each year for age 60+ women....  

November 2017, Research Update, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

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Harmful Drinking Patterns

    People in high-risk populations, who often drink excessively in combination with other substance use, will likely develop severe alcohol use disorder and experience a host of other tragic consequences. Unfortunately, these high-risk individuals are rarely identified and helped until it’s too late. Instead, they remain hidden in a popular culture that has both normalized problem drinking and failed to let go of the delusional thinking that everyone reacts to alcohol in the same way.

We are seeing more problems with college-educated women in particular, who are now drinking far more, and with greater consequence, than in previous generations. College students at low risk for developing alcohol use disorders still suffer from the ramifications of excessive drinking - from DUIs, car crashes and violence to date rape. Although early intervention can help set a young person back on track and reduce the risk for chronic problems, only 18 percent of binge drinkers are asked about alcohol use by their physician and advised to reduce their consumption (McKnight-Eily et al., 2017).  

May 2017, Harmful Drinking Patterns, HazeldenBettyFord.org

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Alcohol Addiction Recovery

    Positive psychology states that addiction recovery can be understood as a process of moving toward positive adaptations in life. PPT (Positive Psychology Treatment) and related techniques aid in uncovering strengths that help us move closer to our ideals. Recovery from addiction can be difficult and so invoking specific buffering traits may help in your journey toward a positive life. Some of these include courage, interpersonal skills, rationality, insight, optimism, honesty, perseverance, future-mindedness and finding purpose.

Research shows that alcohol-dependent persons have an increased responsiveness to the affectivity of stress and alcohol craving. Positive affect (i.e., positive emotional state) is associated with lower stress and reduced alcohol craving, while negative affect (i.e., negative emotional state) is subsequently associated with higher alcohol craving. Therefore, individuals with alcohol dependence may increasingly benefit from cultivating more positive emotions in order to regulate responses to stress...  

May 2017, Applications of Positive Psychology to Substance Use Disorder, Butler Center for Research, HazeldenBettyFord.org

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Alcohol treatment addiction help questions    Do women struggle with certain types of drug addiction more than men do?

Alcohol treatment help answers    Historically, women have been more likely to use and misuse prescription medications more than men have.


Alcoholism treatment help questions    What about alcoholism? Are the rates similar for men and women?

Alcoholism treatment help answers    Historically, men have had higher alcohol addiction rates than women, but the gender gap is narrowing.


Alcohol treatment help questions    What’s the first step for getting help (with alcohol addiction)?

Alcohol treatment help answers    Typically, the individual with addiction isn’t fully aware of her problem and isn’t likely to seek help, so loved ones really need to take the reins.