Issues for Women Who Drink

Social and Health Issues for Females

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These articles on the About.com Alcoholism site explore the many ways that women are affected by excessive alcohol consumption:

Women and the Effects of Alcohol
Women continue to be at higher risk than are men for certain serious medical consequences of alcohol use, including liver, brain, and heart damage.

Alcohol and Pregnancy
Some experts say moderate drinking during pregnancy is okay but there are others who believe taking even one drink is like playing Russian Roulette with your baby's health.

Alcohol Withdrawal
When heavy or frequent drinkers suddenly decide to quit "cold turkey" they will experience some physical withdrawal symptoms.

Drinking and Breast Cancer
Women who are even moderate drinkers and who have a close relative who has had breast cancer are more than twice as likely to develop breast cancer themselves than those who do not drink.

Drinking and the Female Brain
Women who drink to excess experience more brain damage and sooner that males and may experience even more severe long-term effects than men, according to two new studies.

Female Drinking and Brain Damage
The latest studies show that females face more brain damage and memory loss than men who drink the same amount for the same period of time.

Health Risks for Women
Women who abuse alcohol or even occassionally drink to excess face greater risks to their health than their male counterparts.

How Women Recover From Addiction
Women who recover from drug and alcohol addiction may not kick the habit just for their children or because they have a sudden "wake up call" about their problem, according to a study of former female addicts.

Gene Linked to Anxiety in Women
Researchers have identified a genetic factor that appears to influence anxiety in women which could be a warning signal for developing alcoholism.

Other Risks for Women
She wakes up groggy with a tremendous hangover then makes a startling discovery. She is not in her own room not in her own bed and not alone.

The Abortion Link
Women who have had abortions are more likely to drink and use illicit drugs during subsequence pregnancies carried to term than women delivering their first pregnancies.

Women and Alcohol
Links to information about the effects of alcohol on women drinkers.

Women and Health Risks
Resources on the Net concerning the health risks for women involved with alcohol.

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