Alcoholism in women is increasing because they want to be like men. That sounds an outrageous statement but there is probably some truth in it. I have tried to find figures to confirm or disprove that alcoholism in women is on the increase or not. And I can't readily find the information.
There are piles of websites on alcoholism and piles of scientific information, but it all looks very old, very off putting and difficult to read. It basically states the obvious, that alcoholism hurts the body, mind, the family, your finances, your life etc. but in fact for many alcoholism or borderline alcoholism it is a natural consequence of life because life can be so damn difficult.
Life is more comfortable for many but it is still difficult (perhaps more so) in the head - mentally.
It may seem extraordinary that so many people find life so difficult but it is actually completely normal. Life is often unpleasant and the older you get the more tired of it you get so you tend to head for the bottle to make it all bearable.
There has been a shift over the last 40 years towards equality for women. And about time too. Women used to live in "the shadow of men". At one time they weren't even allowed to vote! They rarely used to own property, the title to the family house being held by the "head of the family" the husband. These are just examples, there are many others. This has all changed. There is still some distance to go. But do women really want to go there?
We all know that there are more male alcoholics than female. Why? Probably because a man's life is more miserable than a females - until recently. If women want equality (which is right and proper) and the benefits that brings they'll take the burdens as well, which means more stress and more hassle.
Actually what women are doing in this transitional phase towards complete equality is living the old role (supportive mother etc) and being a breadwinner at the same time - that is bound to drive some to the good ole bottle.
I'll be honest, if I was a women I'd go back to being unequal. Sure there is still stress etc in that role but it's less stressful. The best way for women is to use men to your advantage, not to try and compete with them in areas where they are sometimes better suited.
When a women wants to be like a man she overdoes it. Chill out ladies, don't fight the men, use 'em and play it smart. Remember, this is still a man's world.
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