Alcoholism: Are You at Risk?



Published:

Rebecca Abell

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and HealthDay News, there are five risk factors that make a woman more likely to become an alcoholic as an adult. They are:

1. A parent or guardian with a family history of alcohol abuse or dependence. Children of alcoholics are four times more likely to develop alcohol problems than other children.

2. Friends or peers who encourage heavy drinking. This can be done directly, or friends may drink around you to influence you. This is most common in teenage girls, who are beginning to drink at younger ages. By the early 1990s, 31 percent of 10- to 14-year-old females used alcohol. Girls who start consuming alcohol before the age of 21 are more likely to become alcoholics as adults than those who wait until the age of 21 to start drinking.

3. Feelings of depression, anxiety or lowered self-esteem. It is common that alcohol is used to ease the pain of these conditions or situations. Women who drink at home alone are more likely to have drinking problems later. Also, 40 percent of alcoholic women attempt to commit suicide, compared to 8.8 percent of nonalcoholic women.

4. Significant stress at home, at work or in relationships. Women who have trouble with close relationships, have never married, are living unmarried with a partner, or are divorced or separated drink more than other women.

5. Genetics. Some people really do have a genetic predisposition to alcohol dependency. Children who have alcoholic parents have the highest risk of becoming alcoholics themselves when they become adults. Also, children who are adopted into alcohol-free families but have biological parents who were alcoholics have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics themselves.

Edit ModuleEdit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Why You Can't Lose Those Last Few Pounds

Not seeing changes in your body despite working out and eating well? The speed of your workout could be the reason.

6 Tips To Take Back The Weight Room

If a gym was a battlefield, let’s learn how to win the war.

Improving Healthcare Access And Acceptance For LGBTQ Patients

Healthcare provider and patient guidelines for inclusive LGBTQ care.

Best 5 Exercises For Butch Bodies

We don’t have mainstream training goals, so let’s not train like we do.

Add your comment:
Edit Module

Follow Us

    

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Pride Poll

Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags