Results from a new study found that while men have been drinking more than women, it is women that have been seeking care for alcohol abuse an average of four to five years earlier than their male counterparts.
The study’s results will be published in the January 2014 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View.
“Historically, alcoholism has been considered a ‘male disease’ due to its markedly higher prevalence among men,” explained Ben Lewis, a postdoctoral associate in the psychiatry department at the University of Florida as well as corresponding author for the study. “More recently it has been recognized that while men may have a higher prevalence, women may be uniquely vulnerable to negative consequences of chronic drinking. In particular, it was recognized that women might experience a ‘telescoping’ effect, wherein they progress more rapidly through various stages of the disease.”
“Although we have considerable knowledge regarding the evolution of alcohol problems, research focusing on how men and women differ in how alcohol use disorders develop, what factors put drinkers at greater risk compared with those who do not develop alcohol-related problems, and what variables are most important in the maintenance of sobriety as they pertain specifically to men compared with women may aid in tailoring medical and psychosocial treatment methods,” added Rosemary Fama, senior research scientist and senior research neuropsychologist at Stanford University School of Medicine and SRI International.
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