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Alcoholism on the rise among young women.

Alcoholism on the Rise Among Young Women

Of the women in alcoholism treatment programs, 50% are now from the age group of 18 to 34, according to a new study by the Association of Junior Leagues. The three-year study surveyed 598 treatment centers in 39 cities across the United States and Canada to determine the needs of alcoholic women and the facilities necessary to meet those needs. Researchers attribute the rise in problem drinking among young women to social trends that have emerged and accelerated in the past two decades. They note that as more women have entered the work force, they have become subject to different pressures. And, like many men, young women may turn to alcohol to help them cope with depression and low self-esteem.

However, young women who drink heavily are at greater physical risk than men their age with the same habits, the researchers said. Since they typically weigh less and have less muscle mass, they can expect to have more unpleasant side effects, such as vomiting, slurred speech, hangovers, and mood swings, and to develop cirrhosis of the liver at an earlier age.
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
Date:Jan 1, 1989
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