Alcohol and Your Health – A Resource for Women
|May 23, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Behavorial Health, Drug and Alcohol, Federal Government, Health, Research||
According to 2008 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 19 percent of Pennsylvania women ages 18 to 44 reported drinking more than 4 drinks at one occasion during the past month. This amount is above the national median of 14.7 percent of women of childbearing age.
Alcohol and women’s health, including the causes and effects of alcohol abuse and methods of prevention and treatment of alcohol addiction, are a key area of research by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The report, Alcohol: A Women’s Health Issue, a collaboration between NIH and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is a thorough overview of the long-term impacts of alcohol use on the health and overall well-being of women.
The brief presents information on:
- the specific (and unique) physical health effects of alcohol for women,
- the risks of heavy drinking,
- demographic data on women who are heavy drinkers, and
- the future direction of research on this health concern.
The brief is available online at no cost. .