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Does female alcoholism really exist?

Does female alcoholism really exist? Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Alcoholism is a severe form of alcohol addiction. Losing the ability to control one's alcohol consumption leads to many problems, according to the medical community Svij.doc.

There is no such thing as "female alcoholism," just as there is no "male" or "adolescent" alcoholism. This is a societal classification, not a medical term. Addiction arises and is treated independently of gender.

Using such terminology stigmatizes women, causing shame and feelings of guilt.

Women find it more difficult to acknowledge this problem due to societal expectations and stereotypes of what a "real" woman should be.

Symptoms of alcoholism

If a person drinks a bottle of beer or a glass of wine every day, it does not necessarily mean they are developing alcoholism. Symptoms indicating the development of alcohol addiction include:

  • Inability to limit the amount of alcohol consumed
  • Desire to limit alcohol intake and unsuccessful attempts to do so
  • Strong craving for alcohol
  • Inability to fulfill personal or professional responsibilities due to alcohol
  • Consumption of alcohol even when it leads to problems or danger, such as drunk driving
  • Complete or partial abandonment of work or hobbies
  • Development of tolerance to alcohol – needing to drink more than before to achieve the desired level of intoxication

These symptoms are a reason to consult a narcologist. Sometimes, individuals with addiction ignore the symptoms, so it is important to listen to your loved ones if they express concern and ask you to drink less or abstain from alcohol.