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Author Says Alcohol Use Disorder Reported More Among Women

11-29-13

A recent book by author Gabrielle Glaser has launched an education campaign about women and alcohol. Glaser told NJTV News Anchor Mary Alice Williams that the association between women and alcohol is newly studied.

“It’s newly studied but I stay away from the word alcoholism actually because it kind of is a word that indicates a hopeless end and there’s only one way you can go, which is down forever and the new scientific word is alcohol use disorder,” said Glaser.

She says that alcohol use disorder is not new among women, but it is getting reported more. Women are asking for help in greater numbers and statistics show that women have been getting into trouble over their drinking, according to Glaser.

Glaser says that there is a difference between males and females when it comes to alcohol use. Men tend to drink in social situations and tend to become angry when alcohol is consumed. Women tend to drink in isolation, according to Glaser. For both men and women, alcohol is seen as a social lubricant.

In her book, Glaser mentions that Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 step programs are ineffective in treating alcohol use disorder.

“I’m just reporting the science on that and what the science shows is that Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 step programs are actually ineffective in general,” said Glaser. “A 2003 huge, enormous study, mega study, made an analysis of 516 different alcohol and treatment studies showed that Alcoholics Anonymous and 12 step facilitation ranked at the very bottom of successful methods in treating alcohol use disorder.”

Glaser also says that women who have alcohol use disorder usually are not alcohol dependent; they could be psychologically dependent but not physically dependent. A vast majority of people who suffer from problems with alcohol can learn to moderate by the use of behavioral modifications, cognitive behavioral therapy and by identifying triggers, according to Glaser.