Women try to conceal alcohol addiction also because of the attitude of society towards a drinking woman.
“Throughout history, there has been a dual approach that allows us to treat a drunken man condescendingly, but brings contempt to a drunk woman who is seen as sexually dangerous, loose and out of control,” notes Dr. Matteo.
“It is believed that chronic alcoholism does not deprive a man of manliness,” adds Dr. Gont. As for women, their feminine qualities are questioned. From women require moral purity. "
Dr. Matteo agrees. “The aversion, rejection that a drinking woman faces can increase her unwillingness to admit her problem,” she notes. Patricia recalls that when friends started talking about her endless drinks, she immediately struck them out of her life. “I guess I knew that I was in trouble, but I tried not to think about it, she explains. If friends started asking me questions, they were a threat to me, and I never met them again. ”
“The stigma left behind by addiction is so shameful that about 25 percent of the families of sick women actually prevent them from treatment, fearing that the fact will be made public, says Dr. Gaunt. With men, the situation is different. It is still complicated by the fact that women suffering from various types of addiction are often divorced and, therefore, are mothers who are single-handedly raising children. They are more likely to have financial problems, it’s harder to pay for treatment, and they worry that they can take away the children. It is not surprising that they try to hide their addiction as long as possible and less often than men seek help. Moreover, she continues, even if a woman applies for treatment, she will be treated according to a program designed mainly for men, because everything that we know about this ailment and its treatment is based on studying almost exclusively male addiction. Of course, this is better than no treatment. ”