Posted Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Alcoholism in itself is a dangerous road, but according to a new study from Germany, it may be even more detrimental for women.
A study from the University of Greifswald Medical School has found that alcoholism may be twice as fatal for women as for men.
According to NBC News, the recent study found that participating women with alcohol addiction were five times more likely to die during the 14-year period of the study than women in the general population were. Among men with alcohol addiction, the death rate was about double that of men in the general population.
The reason for the high female death rates can be attributed to alcoholism-related risk and gender. Women tend to develop more of the health risks associated with alcoholism, but according to study author Ulrich John, the reasons for this have not yet been discovered.
“Females, in a more short time span, develop diseases such as liver cirrhosis,” he said.
The study will be published early 2013 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Aside from shining a light on the dangerous and life-threatening effects of alcoholism, the study also shows that training family doctors to test for alcoholism and related problems might be the best solution to stave off alcoholism-related deaths.
By taking these efforts and working to prevent alcoholism with this new information, it could also lower mortality rates, said Jürgen Rehm, director of social and epidemiological research at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.
Click here to read more about the study and its findings.