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Unhappiness, Lack of Activity Leads to Alcohol Abuse in Women

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(GOTHENBURG, Sweden) - A new study suggests that women who participate in leisurely activities and are generally satisfied with their lives have fewer problems with alcohol.
A thesis study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden found that women tend to drink more alcohol if they feel the need to cope with unhappiness in their daily lives and a lack of other activities to fill their time.

"Alcohol dependence and abuse, high alcohol consumption and high episodic drinking turned out to be most common among women who, despite having more time to themselves, are less involved in leisure activities," writes author Christina Andersson. "Being more involved and being satisfied with the various domains of everyday life, such as work, housework and leisure activities, has only a weak link to risk drinking, even for those with little time to themselves."

Andersson hopes that by identifying the factors that make women drink, more preventative measures can be reached.

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