Posted on October 31, 2008 in alcohol and drug addiction, Alcohol and Drug News

Trends in Drug Addiction: Women and Drug Addiction

Statistics on Substance Abuse Among Women:

  • 6 million women in the U.S. abuse or are dependent on alcohol
  • Frequent binge drinking in women’s colleges increased by 124% between 1993 and 2001
  • Alcohol is involved in as many as 73% of all rapes and up to 70% of all incidents of domestic violence
  • More than 7.5 million girls/women misuse or abuse prescription drugs
  • Women are up to 48% more likely than men to be prescribed a narcotic or anti-anxiety drugs
  • Women who use sedatives, anti-anxiety drugs, or hypnotics are almost twice as likely as men to become addicted
  • More than 2.5 million women abuse or are dependent on illegal drugs
  • Two out of three AIDS cases in American women are associated with drug abuse

Supporting Not Enabling

It is extremely important to offer support to loved ones who are going through drug treatment or drug rehab.  Addiction comes in many forms and affects millions of people each day, not just women.   In fact, trends in alcohol addiction alone have shown that while the percentage of teenagers suffering from alcohol abuse has gone down, there are still approximately 14 million Americans today who are still considered alcoholics.  It seems that the only real way to tackle the problem of drug and alcohol abuse and continue to reverse the trends in drug addiction is to recognize when someone is abusing drugs or alcohol and intervene.  The worst thing that we could possibly do for those that we love is nothing.

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