Anyone with the genetic predisposition for it can become addicted to drugs or alcohol. Up to 10% of people ages 12 and older struggle with addiction in the U.S. Because of the way drugs and alcohol affect the brain, anyone can quickly find themselves physical or emotionally dependent on a drug. However, certain environmental factors and an individual’s unique temperament can influence what types of substances they will try and become addicted to. Can gender affect drug addiction, and what role does it play in substance abuse rates and statistics? The following article will break down substance abuse rates for both men and women.