Women and Alcohol-Use Disorders

  title={Women and Alcohol-Use Disorders},
  author={Brad R. Karoll},
  journal={Journal of Social Work},
  pages={337 - 356}
• Summary: This article reviews the extent of current knowledge, particularly with reference to US sources about gender-specific alcohol-related life experience consequences, and explores the implications of these differences for practice. • Findings: Alcohol affects women in significantly different ways from men. Women’s consumption of alcohol is capable of inflicting more severe problems over shorter periods of time with less alcohol consumed. The sequence of alcohol-related life experience… 
The topic of college student drinking has been widely addressed in the literature. Traditional-aged college students are considered to be an at-risk population in terms of the problematic use of
Applying Social Work Approaches, Harm Reduction, and Practice Wisdom to Better Serve Those with Alcohol and Drug Use Disorders
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Examining the Association Between Alcohol Consumption and Health Conditions in Community Dwelling Older Adults
Examining alcohol use in community dwelling older males and females using the current Canadian guidelines found diabetes and having an illness or disability before retirement was protective of high-risk drinking in males while having diabetes and poorer physical health was protective in females.
Co-morbidity in women with alcohol dependence syndrome (ADS) in Eastern Nepal
Psychiatric as well as physical co-morbidities are common in women with ADS, which points to the importance of exploring comorbidities and their optimal treatment.
Alcohol Abuse during Pregnancy
The aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of maternal alcohol use and the rate of congenital malformations in neonates exposed in utero to this xenobiotic.
Evaluation of a Training to Reduce Provider Bias Toward Pregnant Patients With Substance Abuse
An initial framework for designing a training workshop to enhance health practitioners’ knowledge regarding substance abuse treatment and to decrease their bias toward substance-abusing women, particularly pregnant women in rural communities is provided.
Alcohol consumption in diverse populations: how ethnicity moderates average number of drinks per day and age
A unique look at drinking patterns by ethnicity over the life course is provided, suggesting rates of drinking that may have been safe when someone was younger may no longer be safe as the person ages and health changes.
Questioning policy representations of women’s alcohol consumption: Implications for social work
This study draws on Carol Bacchi’s What’s the problem represented to be? (WPR) framework, to deconstruct policy discourses of women’s alcohol consumption. It examines Australian policies such as in
The relationship of legal coercion to readiness to change among adults with alcohol and other drug problems.


Gender differences in factor structure of the Self-Administered Alcoholism Screening Test.
The results suggest that different items need to be used in screening women for alcohol-related problems, as men expressed concern about receiving a psychiatric label while women expressed concernabout receiving a drinker label.
Gender differences in alcohol-related problems: controlling for drinking behaviour.
The apparent excess prevalence of alcohol problems in women relative to drinking level appears to be due to presence of problems even among light drinkers and a greater preponderance of light drinkers in women than men.
Sex differences in psychosocial consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.
  • C. Robbins
  • Psychology
    Journal of health and social behavior
  • 1989
Analysis of the 1985 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse to evaluate three perspectives on sex differences in the relationship of psychosocial problems to levels of substance use suggest that substance abuse is related more strongly to intrapsychic problems among women and to problems in social functioning among men.
Gender differences in substance use disorders.
Treatment of older women with alcohol problems: meeting the challenge for a special population.
  • F. Blow
  • Medicine
    Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research
  • 2000
The state of knowledge about alcohol health services for older women is presented and recommendations for necessary future health services research on this vulnerable population are provided.
Effects of gender on documentation of alcohol use in patients with psychiatric symptoms 1
Examination of the frequency of documentation of alcohol use as a component of the assessment of patients diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or insomnia found women were half as likely as men to have their use documented.
Patterns of alcohol consumption and psychiatric disorders among Ontario adults
Lifetime abstainers had the lowest risks for all mental disorders examined, while former at-risk drinkers had the highest risks, even after adjustment for age and gender.
Gender disparities in treatment for alcohol problems.
Female problem drinkers were more likely than male problem drinkers to use non-alcohol-specific health care settings, particularly mental health treatment services, and to report greater symptom severity.
Interrelationships between victimization experiences and women's alcohol use.
High rates of childhood victimization for women with alcohol problems suggest that there is a link between victimization and the development, specifically, of women's alcohol problems.
Some gender differences in alcohol and polysubstance users.
  • B. Lex
  • Psychology
    Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • 1991
Overall, the discussion summarizes past knowledge, reviews current findings, points to unanswered questions, and concludes with a series of research recommendations that emerge from empirical data.