Gender, health and alcohol use

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World Health Organization
World Health Organization
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September 2005
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Geneva, Switzerland

Globally, alcohol has nearly the same disease burden as tobacco. Alcohol use and drinking patterns differ significantly between men and women, and the burden of disease attributable to alcohol use is higher in males compared to females. Yet, treatment programmes tend to be focused on men and sometimes overlook the needs of women with alcohol use disorders. This information sheet presents evidence about sex, gender and alcohol use and points out research gaps as well as policy implications.

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