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Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that substance use disorders and patterns are very different for women compared to  men. Women often face greater risks than men because women typically start to have alcohol-related problems at lower alcohol consumption levels, they typically weigh less, and in terms of pounds, women have less water in their bodies than men (SAMHSA, 2017). Women are also at risk for prenatal opioid exposure, sexual assault, abuse, and rape which all can contribute significantly to mental health issues. In fact, women are more likely to have serious psychological distress than men. In 2014, women over 18 were more likely to have serious mental illness in the past year (5% to 3.1%).

samhsa.gov