Women are drinking more
- Recent studies reveal that women are drinking more alcohol.
- The gender gap between men and women’s alcohol’s consumption has closed.
- In the UK, women in managerial and professional positions drink more than women in routine or manual jobs.
- The number of women admitted to hospital in the UK for alcohol-related problems rose by over 30% in the period 2008/9 to 2014/15.
- In Spain, alcohol consumption among women is also increasing, particularly among professional women, where the consumption of alcohol is in some cases worryingly high.
Why do women turn to drink?
According to a recent study by Drinkaware, three in five Brits are turning to alcohol to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Women usually start drinking because of stress or emotional problems such as anxiety, loneliness or depression. Some of the factors that can lead a woman to develop a problem with alcohol include:
- Successful women with a professional career may start drinking to relieve stress at work, home, or both;
- Feeling overwhelmed at having to balance work with the demands of family life and raising children;
- Not having children leading to depression;
- The transition between youth and adulthood;
- Losing their job;
- Losing a loved one;
Alcohol can help relieve the stress women experience in trying to cope with the many simultaneous competing demands on them, or to numb the emotions associated with a loss or difficult situation. A woman who tries to be the perfect mother, daughter, sister, friend, and employee can end up reaching for the bottle to manage all the conflicting demands and responsibilities associated with her many roles.
Abuse or trauma can lead to addiction
Over half the women treated for alcoholism at our clinic in Alicante suffered physical or sexual abuse in childhood or other trauma. Find out more. Research also indicates that 70% of women who report abusing drugs have a history of physical or sexual abuse.
Why women must not hide a problem with alcohol!
“My only activity, which I was really very good at, was cooking. Because in my kitchen I had organized a number of very brilliant places where I could always find something, or hide something. And I always invented dishes that took a long time to prepare, so I could stay in the kitchen until I relaxed a bit.”
Toos was the director of a health insurance company, and became addicted to alcohol. Watch Toos’ story and how she overcame her drinking problem.
Often, women hide their problem with alcohol, until it is discovered by family and loved ones, and can no longer be ignored. As a result it may be several years before the problem is diagnosed, and action taken. However, many of the effects of alcohol pose a greater risk to women’s physical health at lower consumption levels than men.
Some alcohol-related physical impacts only affect women. Many studies have shown that alcohol is a major factor in breast cancer. Heavy drinking is known to be a possible cause of infertility. Drinking during pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the risks increasing with the amount of alcohol consumed.
Let Triora help you overcome a drinking problem
When it comes to finding solutions to alcoholism, at Triora we believe that we have to go one step further. We understand that everyone is unique and we work with each person as an individual. Our professional, caring staff help our patients to understand how their relationship with alcohol became problematic in order to take back control and regain a meaningful and rewarding life.
By failing to accept their own limits, women often abuse alcohol to hide problems, worries, and emotions, rather than recognising or accepting that they need help. Triora helps women accept their own limits, and to accept loss. We help you go through the emotions that are part of this process and which are essential in guiding us to where we want to be and where we want to go.
If alcohol is affecting you and you think your drinking has got out of control, you are not alone. There is no need to feel ashamed. Get in touch with our team and let us help you take back your life from alcohol addiction.