Addiction’s Shrinking Gender Gap

“All over the world, women have always had lower rates of addiction than men. But when women gain more rights as nations grow richer, they begin to catch up; in one drug type, they’re already ahead.

Although women in wealthier countries can belly up to the bar without stigma, the stigma against female addicts remains considerable. This shaming is most intense for women who are mothers—in rich and poor nations alike. This situation may act as a check on addiction among mothers, but it also presents severe obstacles to women who abuse drugs and alcohol seeking recovery. Women are less likely than men to enter treatment, according to a UN report, citing ‘responsibility for children, lack of access to child care services, and society’s punitive attitude toward substance abuse by women, especially as child bearers’.”

Source: – March 7, 2013