Women are falling prey to alcoholism in ever-increasing numbers. Because of sex-related differences in the body'S handling of alcohol, female alcoholics experience detrimental medical effects earlier in the course of the disease and die sooner and in greater numbers than their male counterparts. Moreover, drinking during pregnancy poses a dire threat to their offspring. In light of these facts, early detection and treatment tailored to the unique psychosocial needs of women are imperative. In this article, the author issues a much-needed “wake-up call” to physicians in all medical practice settings.
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