Alcoholism in Women

  • Marc A. Schuckit
  • Jane Duby


Alcoholism is a common problem: the lifetime risk for severe and persistent alcohol-related difficulties (i.e. alcoholism) rests between 5% and 10% for men and 3% and 5% for women (Schuckit, 1979). Data indicate the probability that multiple factors cause the alcoholic pattern, but few of these components have been identified. While it is not necessary to know causation before delivering effective treatments, the development of a relatively universal effective intervention for this disorder has been hampered by the lack of knowledge about etiology. Causation in alcoholism is a difficult area to study properly. The age of onset of this disorder varies widely, and there is a long lag between an event of possible etiological significance and the actual identification of the alcoholism itself.


Heavy Drinking Drinking Pattern Established Alcoholic Male Alcoholic Premenstrual Tension 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc A. Schuckit
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jane Duby
    • 3
  1. 1.Alcohol Treatment ProgramVeterans Administration Medical CenterLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Veterans Administration Medical CenterLa JollaUSA

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