Women’s substance abuse is more common than you might expect. Illicit drug use by at least 15.8 million women in 2019 was estimated. According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 12.9 percent of all women have tried illegal drugs or misused prescription drugs for recreational purposes at least once.
Gender differences in substance abuse habits have only recently been acknowledged. That is now known thanks to modern science:
As a result, women are more likely than men to become addicted to drugs after using them in smaller amounts for shorter periods of time.
Sexist hormones can make women more sensitive to the effects of certain drugs.
The brains of women and men who use drugs are affected by the use of drugs in different ways.
Relapse rates and withdrawal symptoms may be affected by a woman’s menstrual cycle.
When using certain drugs, women are more likely than men to experience anxiety or depression.
A fatal overdose of certain drugs is more likely to occur in women than it is in men.
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