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Women alcoholics differ from men alcoholics in three ways: their brains, livers and other organs are bathed in a different endocrine "soup"; the unhappy drama of their alcoholism is played out more often in the arena of home and parenthood; and they usually find themselves a minority among patients in treatment. The question is, does any of this help us to understand the genesis, persistence, and treatment of their alcoholism?
Hardly at all, it would seem. Only two chapters of this multiauthored book deal with the endocrine system. Belfer and Shader studied alcohol intake as a function of the menstrual
Alcoholism Problems in Women and Children.. Ann Intern Med. ;87:131–132. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-1-131
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(1):131-132.
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