Alcoholism Among Women a Growing Epidemic, Warns Chapters Capistrano

According to Chapters Capistrano, more and more women are struggling with alcohol addiction—and with the associated stigma.

A recent article from The Daily Beast sheds light on the tragic passing of actress Elizabeth Peña. Though initial reports stated only that Peña died of a brief illness, later reports confirmed that alcoholism played a major role in her passing. “It’s understandable that her family would not wish to disclose the circumstances,” comments The Daily Beast. “To be a woman suffering from a drinking problem in America is a lonely enterprise, defined by stigma and judgment. And that’s tragic. Women in America are drinking more than ever before, and they are suffering the consequences in sharply rising numbers.” In a new statement to the press, Chapters Capistrano affirms these points, and comments on the rising number of women who struggle—often silently—with alcohol addiction.

“Sadly, Peña is just one example among many of a woman who grappled with the disease of addiction, and more specifically with addiction to alcohol,” remarks Mike Shea, the founder of Chapters Capistrano. “In our alcohol rehab center, we see many women who meet this same description, and often they have wrestled with their illness for years and years—typically in solitude, afraid of the stigma surrounding female alcoholism.”

Shea notes that female alcoholism is truly “a growing epidemic,” and The Daily Beast offers some statistics to validate this. The article notes that, the more wealthy and educated a woman is, the more likely she is to drink. “Alcoholics come in all shapes and sizes, and are not always who you think they’ll be,” offers Shea.

The Daily Beast goes on to note “that the number of white, black, and Hispanic women who classified themselves as regular drinkers jumped significantly between the 1990s and early 2000s. They’re also the chief consumers of wine. According to the Wine Institute, they buy—and consume—the lion’s share of the 800 million gallons of wine sold in the U.S. each year.”

“Women do not necessarily consume more alcohol than men do, but they do respond to it—typically speaking—more acutely,” Shea says. “The biochemistry of the female body means that less alcohol has more of an effect, and that women stay intoxicated for longer.”

Alcohol-related deaths, among women, are sharply increasing, The Daily Beast notes. Says Shea, “A big part of that has to do with the stigma. Female alcoholism is something we just don’t like to talk about—but we should talk about it, and in fact we must. Women struggling with this need to know that alcohol rehab centers, like Chapters Capistrano, can help them—offering them hope and healing, not judgment.”

To learn more about the Southern California alcohol rehab center at Chapters Capistrano, please call (888) 375-2564 today.


Chapters Capistrano is a comprehensive addiction recovery treatment center located along the beautiful, refreshing coast of Southern California. Specializing in all types of substance abuse, Chapters offers flexible treatment programs that are designed to offer greater confidence in addiction recovery. With a thorough approach to detox, counseling and mental health, this center has delivered many success stories. In addition to offering alternative approaches to conventional recovery, Chapters is also recognized for providing guest comfort with exceptional accommodations, private rooms and cell and laptop allowance. Those searching to begin a new “Chapter” in addiction recovery are encouraged to contact the facility today.

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