Whether male or female, the behavior of someone who consumes alcohol is the key to the disease, not the quantity. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 90 percent of people who binge drink are not alcoholics. A person can have two drinks and be an alcoholic.
Alcohol consumption differences between genders can depend on the environment. In social settings women may be less likely to consume large quantities of liquor. Drinking heavily can be perceived as being open to sexual advances. Women have their respectability at risk. However, after a social gathering, a woman could go home and get inebriated. If a woman’s alcoholism has progressed beyond control, she will not likely consider how much she drinks in public.
Gender studies about alcoholism consumption are complex. They can be based on socio-economic, geographic or biographic factors. One study by the World Health Organization concluded men are likely to drink more than women. Because of their disease, alcoholic men cause more societal problems, too. This is the case throughout the world.
Historically, male attitudes of superiority allowed them to drink more. Consider when men went off to the parlor for their brandy after a dinner party. Men drink more during social gatherings than women. Factors contributing to these findings are associated with a need to show off masculinity or control. Male camaraderie is another green light for excessive drinking. “I’m going out to have a few drinks with the boys.”
Women continue to break more glass ceilings in corporate America, gain better paying jobs and enter more political arenas. As these advances occur, the line between which gender consumes more alcohol could blur.
Gender differences in alcoholism show a marked difference in death rates. A study was conducted between 2006 and 2010 by the CDC’s Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It showed approximately 62,000 men die annually from alcohol-related causes. Women’s deaths were much less at 26,000.
CDC statistics show men with far greater disease-related effects from alcoholism than women. Men are more likely to commit suicide after drinking excessively. Men have twice as many alcohol-related automobile accidents as women. Both men and women can become more aggressive as alcohol consumption increases. Aggression can be provoked or unprovoked, physical or verbal.
No matter the gender, alcoholism can ruin families, cause violence, death and destroy health. No matter what your circumstances are in life, recovery from this destructive disease offers hope and a new life.
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