Alarming Rise in the Number of Career Women Killed by Alcohol

Statistics are now showing that alcohol related deaths among career women have increased significantly in recent years – it is now increasing at a higher rate than in men. According to data in a Mail Online article, the deaths among career women have risen by an alarming 23%. These women are at the top of their professions and include businesswomen, doctors, and lawyers. Of course, these deaths will only represent a tiny fraction of the suffering caused by alcohol, but it is certainly a symptom of an even bigger problem.

Worrying Relationship between Alcohol Abuse and Career Women

The recent statistics provide plenty of cause for concern as they include:

  • In 2011 female deaths from alcohol related conditions such as alcoholic liver disease, pancreas failure, alcohol related heart disease, and hepatitis reached 1402 – this is a 20% rise since the previous decade.
  • There was a 47% increase in such deaths within the “intermediate professions” – this would include things like secretarial work.
  • There was also a 47% increase for low-skilled work.
  • For the first time in history, middle class career women are drinking more than teenagers.

The Changing Face of Addiction

Up until recent decades, it would have been considered rare for a female to die from alcohol abuse, but this is now becoming increasingly common. The fact of addiction is changing, and it no longer fits in with the stereotype that most people will turn to when the word “alcoholic” is used. The people who fall victim to alcohol abuse can be doing very well in life and have a good career. They may be high functioning and able to hide their addiction from those around them.

Dangers of High Functioning Addiction for Women

It should probably come as no surprise that a growing number of career women are dying because of addiction. It may well be that they are more at risk from alcohol abuse than other people who fall into addiction because:

  • The fact that they are doing well in life means that they will be better able to justify their behaviour. It is no longer only men who get to live by the motto “work hard, play hard.” A growing number of career women have developed the idea that they have earned the right to party hard as a reward for their hard work.
  • The career woman will often feel that they have more to lose by admitting that they have an addiction problem. They may worry that it will harm their reputation or career, and this means that they are less likely to look for help. The fact that they are unwilling to seek help for their addiction will just increase the likelihood that they will do irreparable damage to their body.
  • The high functioning alcohol abuser is highly skilled at hiding their excesses, and this means that there will be less pressure on them to stop the behaviour.
  • They may be expected to drink alcohol excessively as part of their job. This can be particularly the case in those professions where people are expected to entertain clients.
  • The career woman may not have the same financial restriction on them as other less well off people who fall into addiction. This means that they can afford to keep on drinking and they will not be kept in check by their finances.
  • The career woman who is doing outwardly well in life just will not experience the same negative consequences as those who are doing less well. This means that there will be less pressure on them to end the behaviour.

The growing number of career women falling into alcohol addiction is worrying, but there are treatment options available to help them break away. It may even be possible for them to have their addiction treated without anyone else ever finding out about. This is why many people are choosing to go away to places like Thailand or South Africa where they can enter a luxury rehab but just tell their friends that they are going on holiday. They come back with their addiction problems solved and a nice tan as well.


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