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Grapevine : December 2011
Internet saves lives Online support groups, web-based alcohol screenings, and email and text message-based applications have an ever-growing role in providing services to problem drinkers, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Most people with alcohol problems never seek face-to- face assistance from a specialized treatment agency or from groups such as AA because of stigma and embarrassment. In addition, many people live in rural areas, far from any treatment services. Emerging technologies, particularly those delivered over the internet, have the potential of overcoming these bar- riers and can be an important aspect of treatment services for those with alcohol concerns. Source: Alcohol Research and Health, Vol. 33, No. 4, 2011 Alcoholism At Large Do women alcoholics react to booze differently than men? “Alcoholism is much more common among males than females. However, female alcoholics are more likely to have co-existing psychiatric disorders than male patients,” says Mitsuru Kimura, chief scientist at the Kurihama Alcoholism Center in Japan. Victor Hesselbrock, a professor at the Univer- sity of Connecticut School of Medicine, concurs. “Females with alcoholism typically have a greater prevalence of affective problems such as depres- sion and anxiety than males,” he says, adding that women have a later onset of alcoholism but typically come to treat- ment earlier than males. “Our findings suggest that women who have co- existing psychiatric disor- ders might be motivated to drink heavily in order to cope with the symptoms of their psychiatric disor- ders,” says Kimura. Source: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, August 2011 Women come to treatment earlier than males. ImAgESfoRILLuStRAtIoNpuRpoSEoNLy The purpose of these pages is to offer information that may further read- ers’ understanding of the medical, legal and social aspects of alcoholism; the severity and international scope of the illness; and the worldwide ef- forts being made to combat it. Publication here does not imply endorse- ment or affiliation. AA does not conduct or participate in research, nor does it hold any opinion on research conducted by others. aagrapevine.org 57 GRAPE_57.indd 57 10/28/11 2:37 PM