Alcoholism is a problem that’s worsening nationwide, and women are at the forefront of the new wave of alcohol use disorders. Many women try to keep up with the men in their lives, drinking as much as men do. Unfortunately, women are more sensitive to alcohol’s dangers than men are, as women’s bodies process alcohol differently than men’s bodies do [1]. Alcohol is dangerous for both men and women, but women face additional risks related to alcohol use disorder. The safest option is to get sober. If you or someone you know needs help getting sober in South Florida, we are here to help at Awakenings for Women.

Am I An Alcoholic?

As social stigmas surrounding drinking lessen, many women are drinking more and more. But, does your level of drinking make you an alcoholic? Even binge drinking is a dangerous alcohol use disorder. Anyone with an alcohol use disorder, whether alcoholism, binge drinking, or other alcohol-related issues, will benefit from getting sober in South Florida. But, how do you know your drinking is problematic? There are several signs of an alcohol use disorder [2]:

  • Having more than one drink a day
  • Drinking under the age of 21
  • Drinking to deal with stress
  • Missing responsibilities due to drinking
  • Drinking before or while driving
  • Getting a DUI
  • Craving drinks
  • Feeling sick when you don’t drink

If any of these apply to you, you need help getting sober in South Florida. Our recovery house in Boca is part of a family of facilities that offer the full-scope of treatment, from detox to halfway housing, and more. Women at our recovery house in Boca are sober and ready to start on their future of a happy and healthy life. We can help you get and stay sober.

Why is Alcohol So Dangerous to Women?

Alcohol affects women differently than it does men. First, women’s bodies generally contain less body fat than men, resulting in greater retention of alcohol [1]. Women also have lower enzymes, which are responsible for breaking down alcohol, resulting in higher concentrations of alcohol in the bloodstream than men [1]. These effects can compound overtime, greatly worsening the dangerous consequences of an alcohol use disorder.

Women who drink alone are more likely to have depression when compared to others [2]. Additionally, women with alcohol use disorders are more susceptible to problems such as breast cancer, brain damage, and liver disease [2].

There are also the dangerous effects alcohol can have on a pregnancy, which are compounded in early stages of pregnancy. An estimated 40,000 newborns are affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome every year [3], resulting in lifelong difficulties for the affected individual. Getting sober is the best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your future. Our recovery house in Boca is here to help, call today.

 

 

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