Article Highlights Surge of Women Suffering from Alcohol Use Disorder
Noting the pattern that's emerged in recent national studies, The Hartford Courant reports:
"The uptick in problem drinking among women in Connecticut mirrors a national trend. In a September 2017 study reported in JAMA Psychiatry, two national epidemiological surveys compared drinking patterns of U.S. adults between 2001 to 2002 and again in 2012 to 2013, finding a surge of alcohol use over the 11-year period among all demographics — women in particular.
Among women, the prevalence of 12-month alcohol use disorder (AUD) — characterized by a pattern of drinking that includes difficulty controlling consumption and withdrawal symptoms when stopping—rose 83.7 percent. As alcohol consumption increases among women, so too does the risk of adverse health consequences, even among moderate drinkers."