Alcohol and Reproductive Hormones in Women

  • Siew K. Teoh
  • Nancy K. Mello
  • Jack H. Mendelson
Part of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Reviews book series (DAAR, volume 6)

Abstract

Alcohol use and abuse is very prevalent among women of reproductive age. According to a 1984 survey sponsored by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH),1 in three major metropolitan areas alcohol abuse and alcoholism were the fourth most frequent of all psychiatric disorders among young women ages 18-24. Women accounted for 24% of 10,000 first admissions to a proprietary hospital for alcoholism treatment.2 In a National Household Survey conducted in 1992,3more than half of all women ages 18-25 and 26-34 yr (53.0 and 52.8%, respectively) reported that they had used alcohol during the previous month, and 9.5 and 7.6% of these women also reported using some illicit drug during the same interval. However, these figures may be an underrepresentation, since this was a household survey and the prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse may indeed be higher in women with compromised socioeconomic status.4

Keywords

Estrogen Cortisol Pancreatitis Androgen Infertility 

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  • Jack H. Mendelson

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