Certain segments of the adult population are at higher risk of developing an alcohol use disorder than other demographic groups. Fortunately, many treatment centers cater specifically to these demographic subsets.
Men are more likely to suffer from alcoholism than women. Some studies believe that men have a higher tolerance for alcohol because of their size and biochemistry. This leads to men typically consuming higher amounts of alcohol in a given time period. Higher consumption levels can lead to tolerance and then full-blown addiction.
College students are at risk of developing alcoholism. It is during the college years that young adults are at risk of engaging in binge drinking behaviors, which can lead to alcohol dependence. Also, this transitional time in young adulthood increases young people’s chances of turning to drugs or alcohol to cope with stress.
Abuse survivors are at high-risk of alcohol use disorder. A family history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse can lead survivors to turn to alcohol as a coping mechanism for emotional pain once they reach their young adult years. Studies indicate that up to 75% of women with a substance or alcohol use disorder report prior physical or sexual abuse. Treatment centers have therapists on staff to help patients work through this type of trauma and overcome substance abuse disorders.
People with untreated mental illness are at high risk of turning to alcohol to cope with painful, distressing symptoms. Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression are common mental health conditions that cause sufferers to turn to substances to cope. Drugs and alcohol can offer short-term relief for these issues, but long-term use can lead to a worsening of mental health symptoms. It is crucial that mental health conditions are adequately addressed during the course of inpatient rehab.
Native Americans report some of the highest alcohol abuse rates of all racial demographics — poverty, seclusion, mistrust, and fear of medical establishments all compound rates of alcohol dependence and abuse.