The Rise of Women & Alcoholism – WNEM TV5 Interviews Sanford House


WNEM TV5 interviewed Sanford House Marketing Director Marilyn Spiller and Founder and President Rae Green  on the rise of alcoholism in women. In this comprehensive interview, Spiller shares her story – an alcohol dependence that spanned 25 years. And Rae Green, who is also an Addiction Therapist, explains why alcohol use disorders are claiming women at an unprecedented rate.


Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women – Addiction Treatment


Interview alcohol and women


Women are the fastest growing population of alcohol and drug users…

And by every quantitative measure, women are drinking more each year. Also bingeing more each year. Women’s DUIs have increased in the past decade. Women are more frequently measured with high concentrations of alcohol in their bloodstreams at car accident scenes. Emergency rooms treat more women for dangerous intoxication. And last, but not least, women consumers are driving the steady growth of wine sales. Conversely, men’s drinking habits during the same time period have remained flat or fallen.


Women and drinking. Here’s the catch: women can’t drink like men. We’re just not built for it… Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC


The good news is that women who seek treatment are 10 times more likely to remain abstinent. That is because they seek support… Rae Green, JD, LPC, CAADC




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