stiff drink may look pretty appealing to an increasing number
of women who work outside the home, and who are under increased
pressure from alcohol
advertising campaigns specifically targeting women - or
who may be driven to drink just from the day-to-day burden
of juggling career and family.
however, there are special
health issues that women face when it comes to drinking alcohol,
especially when they cross the line into alcoholism or alcohol
more fat in their bodies than men's, and with less water in
their bodies to dilute the alcohol, women have been shown
to be more sensitive to alcohol. This means that the eventual
onset of physical symptoms such as liver damage from alcohol
comes sooner for women than for men. In addition, due to hormonal
changes, pregnancy, and menopause, their response to alcohol
can be unpredictable. A single drink that gives a slight buzz
one may result in total inebriation the next.
more about the special issues women face when it comes to
alcohol at Web sites offering the latest news and research,
plus facts on alcohol's related physical and psychological
effects, or where to get help for yourself or someone you
More about women and alcoholism around the Web:
: A Women's Health Issue
- Extensive discussion on the benefits and risks of drinking with
information on stress, problem drinking, fetal alcohol syndrome,
drinking in older women, with related resources.
for Sobriety - Non-profit organization helping women
overcome alcoholism and other addictions offering online chat,
newsletter, program subscription information. Fetal
Alcohol Syndrome at NOFAS - Non-profit advocacy group
offering tips, advice, facts and information on the use of
alcohol during pregnancy and its correlation to increased
risk of mental retardation and birth defects.
is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.