When Lynda Carter, who played the original Wonder Woman in the hit 70’s series, recently revealed her decades long battle with alcohol addiction, it was not the first time that she went public about her alcohol abuse disorder. Carter has talked about her past struggles with alcohol from time to time. Only this time, her public recount of her drinking past at the Library of Congress celebration, carried more significance. And not because it came on the heels of the blockbuster success of Wonder Woman, the motion picture. What made her rear-view mirror introspection so relevant was due to the fact that quietly woman’s excessive alcohol consumption is trending upward at an alarming rate.
Women now drink as much as Men
The Guardian reported that women have caught up with men in the amount of alcohol they drink and are doing increasing amounts of damage to their health as a result, according to a global study that looked at the consumption habits of four million people over a period of over a century. The researchers from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Center of the University of New South Wales, Australia, say the conclusion is that public health efforts need to focus more on women.
Alcohol Abuse is still viewed by many as a Man’s affliction
When Carter had her drinking problem, alcohol abuse disorders were viewed primarily as a man’s problem. But when she went public about her alcohol addiction it challenged the commonly held belief that alcohol abuse is a gender specific issue. Carter laid the foundation for more and more women suffering from alcohol abuse to come out of the shadows to seek help.Whether or not women were accurately being accounted for and diagnosed with drinking problems prior to the New South Wales study was released, may never be known. But what is crystal clear is that alcoholism is no longer a male problem. It is a people problem that devastates the lives of both men and women. In another study by the University of North Dakota it was also found that alcoholism is no longer a man’s problem. The addiction disease has found its way to the female population. According to Preeminent American alcohol researcher Sharon Wilsnack, of the University of North Dakota, she believes we are now witnessing a “global epidemic” in women’s drinking. According to John Tozi in the Bloomberg News article (Aug. 9, 2017) in the article titled: “America’s Drinking Problem Is Much Worse This Century,” JAMA Psychiatry conducted a study that revealed women showed the larger increase than men in alcohol abuse.
We are now witnessing a “global epidemic,” in women’s drinking
So once again Carter is here to carry the torch and save humanity from the sinister world of alcohol addiction. Only this time, she is not outfitted in her Wonder Woman garb and squaring off against a dark nemesis. Carter is now fighting without her lasso and with her mouth – through a public awareness campaign – that involves simply talking about her alcohol abuse disorder past. If Carter is successful in raising awareness about the dangerous trend between women and alcohol abuse – one think is sure – she can’t depend on Wonder Woman’s powerful array of weapons ranging from her magic lasso to her invisible airplane. She will have to fight women’s alcoholism with her mortal powers of celebrity
About The Author: Scott Brand
Scott Brand is a prominent digital marketer in the addiction recovery industry, where he works with Inspirations for Youth and Families teen treatment center as well as its adult counterpart the Cove Center for Recovery. Scott has also been a contributing columnist for Consumer Health Digest, one of the fastest growing health information websites. He has authored hundreds of health related articles in over 80 publications including the peer reviewed International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience where his piece on Alcohol, Depression and Genetic Disposition: The Chicken, the Egg and the Gene Syndrome was critically acclaimed by leading industry professionals.