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Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)


Department of Graduate Psychology


A. Renee Staton


The research shows that alcohol use is rising rapidly among women, resulting in devastating consequences that have not been sufficiently explored in counselor education and training. This paper aims to address this by providing a review of the literature which shows that women are more vulnerable to many of the physical and mental health consequences of alcohol use than men, and that they have unique treatment needs and face gender-specific risk factors and barriers to treatment. The review examines the interaction between gender and alcohol use, summarizes the existing research on the physical and behavioral health consequences of alcohol use in women, and challenges the misinformation that many women receive about alcohol. Risk factors, gender-specific barriers to treatment, alcohol screening, and treatment modalities and resources are also discussed. The paper concludes with recommendations for community interventions and social advocacy work.



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