Woman & addicted
Alcoholism is much less known among women than among men. That's because the binge drinking takes place much more in secret. In recent years, the number of women with alcohol addiction has increased sharply. It is mainly higher educated women over 40 who run into problems. Women drink for a different reason than men and deal with their addiction differently.
Both men and women drink to reduce tension. In men, however, drinking often starts from socializing. Subsequently, the use increases. Women mainly use the alcohol to combat stress or relationship problems. They feel overwhelmed by the many expectations and care responsibilities they have. In men, tensions are usually related to work pressure.
Women with alcohol addiction are much less visible than men. This is because women mainly drink at home when they are alone. Most women with an alcohol problem do everything they can to hide their problem. They are dealing with great feelings of shame that keep them from seeking help. This only increases the alcohol problem.
The bar is (too) high
The social pressure on women is high. An abundance of tasks means they have to keep all kinds of balls in the air all day long. They do their utmost to be a good wife, a loving mother, and a great colleague. In addition, they dedicate themselves within their church congregation and they do voluntary work. They also often have caring responsibilities for their parents, who need support. There is hardly any time for themselves. All those expectations can be so stifling that women are increasingly seeking relaxation in alcohol.
Women react differently to alcohol than men. The effect is much faster and more intense than in men. Women generally have a lower body weight and a higher fat percentage than men. The alcohol is better absorbed by their body and broken down less quickly. In addition, women with an alcohol problem are more likely to be convicted than men. Because of this taboo, the threshold for help is much higher for women than for men. Unfortunately, that is why many of them struggle with their addiction for years.
Sources: SolutionS, Triora