National Survey on Drug Use
The way we process things is different. Science is still learning about some of the fascinating differences. More and more information is coming out every day. But facts have shown that men and women are different when it comes to substance abuse. Sadly, men are more like to have a drug abuse or alcohol abuse problem than women. A National Survey on Drug Use and Health asked people aged 12 and older to judge their use of alcohol and illicit drugs. The survey also asked people to share their symptoms of substance abuse during the previous year.
The survey stated that males were twice as likely to be dependent or have a drug abuse or alcohol abuse problem than women. Men also had much higher rates of dependence on alcohol or an illicit drug for every age group, except the 12 to 17 year olds. They also had higher rates of alcohol abuse and drug abuse for every age group except the 12 to 17 year olds.
While the survey does state that more men have alcohol and drug abuse problems, it is unclear simply looking at these numbers if some of the women simply downplayed their use of alcohol and drugs. Or if some of the people who used drugs and alcohol (both men and women ) were in denial about their use. These are factors that truly need to be considered. These facts are interesting and certainly point to more men having challenges with alcohol and drug dependency and abuse. But this is not to say that women do not have concerns with alcohol and drug dependence and abuse. Both men and women should be very concerned with alcohol and drug use.