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Women now drink as much as men - and are prone to sickness sooner


When Victoria Cooper enrolled in a treatment program in 2018, she saw other women in their 20s struggling with alcohol and other drugs. "It was the first time in a very long time that I had not felt alone," she says. Ferguson Menz via KHN

Victoria Cooper thought her drinking habits in college were just like everyone else's. Shots at parties. Beers while bowling. Sure, she got more refills than some and missed classes while nursing hangovers, but she couldn't have a problem, she thought.

"Because of what my picture of alcoholism was - old men who brown-bagged it in a parking lot - I thought I was fine," said Cooper, now sober and living in Chapel Hill, N.C.

That common image of who is affected by alcohol disorders, echoed throughout pop culture, was misleading over a decade ago when Cooper was in college. And it's even less representative today.


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