Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?

Why Do Women Hesitate to Get Alcohol Addiction Help?One of the most dangerous aspects of alcohol addiction is the power the disease has to control thoughts and actions. Alcoholics are often the last to realize that they have a problem. Often by the time relational, physical or psychological consequences force a drinker to admit to herself and to others that she is addicted, the disease has become well established and will be extremely difficult to conquer.

Women and Psychological Addiction to Alcohol

Alcoholism is a physical and psychological condition. Excessive alcohol consumption causes spikes of dopamine levels in the brain. This gives the drinker the euphoric sensation associated with drunkenness and also masks any underlying psychological conditions. Anyone facing the following emotional issues may be at an increased risk of developing an addiction to alcohol:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Borderline personality disorders
  • Behavioral or “process” addictions (sex, stealing, gambling, shopping, cutting)

When the emotional core of the brain senses psychological relief, it will use every emotional tool it has to keep that relief coming. Cravings, obsession and panic attacks are all common results of psychological addiction. This addiction is more powerful than rational thought or will. Once a woman has become addicted to alcohol, she will require professional help to get clean.

Alcoholism Symptoms Unique to Women

Although the science behind alcoholism is the same for men or women, the following social and environmental factors can be unique for women:

  • Having a “drinking problem” is often more culturally acceptable for men than women. Women may be less willing to endure the social judgment they fear comes with treatment.
  • Many women endure extremely intense schedules and provide care for children or grandchildren. They may fear letting others down, if they admit to their problem with alcohol.
  • Women may be unable to admit themselves that they have a problem with alcohol.
  • Monthly hormonal cycles can be extreme for some women, and they may turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism.
  • Women have a lower tolerance for alcohol and can develop a problem more quickly, even if they drink as few as two or three drinks per day.

Help for Alcoholic Women Today

If you are concerned about your use of alcohol or are worried about a friend, sister or other family member, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our counselors are ready to answer any question you may about the unique challenges that face women who drink too much. The call is completely confidential and free, so you have nothing to lose. There are excellent recovery resources available, if you know where to look. Call today, and let our recovery counselors get you on the road to freedom from alcohol addiction.