THE EMOTIONAL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOLISM
The tendencies of women veterans turning to alcohol
What is a disease?
A disorder of structure of function in a human. Usually produces specific signs or symptoms and affects a specific location. A disease is not a direct result of physical injury.
Many people are under the wrong assumption that alcoholism isn't a disease, and that it is something that isn't hard to avoid. This assumption is very wrong. As said by New York Times, "alcoholism is a troubling disease."
Other "terms to know"
Alcoholism - an addiction to the consumption of alcohol. Also a mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from alcohol dependency.
"He had a long history of depression, drug abuse and alcoholism"
Post-traumatic stress disorder – (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is caused when a person experience or witness a terrifying event or series of events.
Disease - a disorder of structure or function in a human. Usually produces specific signs or symptoms and affects a specific location. A disease is not a direct result of physical injury.
“Alcoholism is a troubling Disease”
What drives women verterans to abuse alcohol
-many women feel overwhelmed at times by the weight of their responsibilities
-the feeling they need to keep up with men in the service
-the reality of the warlike atmosphere around them
-the general stress women feel from society
HISTORY OF SEXUAL ABUSE
-women who were abused as a child have tendencies to turn to alcohol
-drinking is their way of dealing with their pent up anger, sadness and shame
-many women are abused while in the service
-one woman said she felt more safe in combat than she did on base
-alcohol is a depressant, but people who are depressed often turn to thinking it will make themselves feel better
-this cycle of turning to alcohol to feel better, and then feeling depressed turns into a vicious cycle.
-when returning from the war, feelings of depression loom
-emptiness is evident when missing the people they lost
-for some woman, turning to alcohol is their way of trying to regain control over their lives
-over time, just a few drinks stops helping and this is when the addiction goes to the next level
-PTSD is a huge source of anxiety for veterans
Ages: Women make up 14.6% of the entire military, that’s about 214,000 women. Earliest age of Enlistment is 17. The oldest possible to be active is age 60. Most alcohol problems affect the enlisted service members. This range is 17-35. Therefore the demographic range is 17-60 with a focus on the 21-35 year old age group.
ALCOHOL USE: Amount of female veterans the reported use 41%
BINGE DRINKING: Amount of female veterans the reported binging 14%
These demographics help put into prospective just how vulnerable women veterans are.
Local source for treatment and consultation:
Albany Area Alcoholic Anonymous - 575 Broadway, Suites 128-130, Menands NY 12204
National Hotline – For help at any time of the day call 1-888-249-7292 to speak with a recovery advisor.
Myers, Steven Lee. "A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s." The New York Times. The New York Times, 27 Dec. 2009. Web. 23 Feb. 2015.
"Women in Combat." The New York Times. The New York Times, 03 June 2012. Web. 23 Feb. 2015.
"Veterans and Alcohol." NCADD. National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2015.
"Women in the Military Statistics." Statistic Brain RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2015.