Psychiatric Problems of Alcoholic Women

  • Sheila B. Blume


Strong feeling, and particularly strong disapproval of drinking by women has been part of the Western culture for centuries. In the early days of ancient Rome the drinking of alcohol by women was strictly prohibited. 1 A law of Romulus provided the death penalty for women who drank as well as for those who committed adultery. There are records of women having been put to death for the offense of having drunk wine or having been caught with the keys to the family wine cellar. The idea that drinking by women was abhorrent in itself and would lead to lascivious behavior was already established in the ancient world.


Alcohol Problem Psychiatric Problem Problem Drinker Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Alcoholic Anonymous 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sheila B. Blume
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol AbuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryAlbany Medical CollegeAlbanyUSA

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