Women’s Health & Alcohol
In collaboration with Kognito Solutions, Peer Assistance Services, Inc. has developed the Women’s Health & Alcohol smartphone app- available for download on both the Android and Apple stores at no cost - designed to educate women on the impact alcohol can have on their physical, mental, and social well-being. Users interact with Maria, a virtual nurse practitioner, to learn about how alcohol can impact their lives.
Alcohol use is an alarming public health concern. In 2016, 136.7 million Americans aged 12 or older reported current use of alcohol, including 65.3 million who reported binge alcohol use in the past month (SAMHSA, 2016). The majority of adults who drink above the lower-risk limits (no more than 3 drinks per day and 7 per week for women and no more than 4 per day and 14 per week for men) do not have a severe alcohol use disorder, but are still at risk of experiencing negative health consequences associated with alcohol.
Women experience alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men, due to the fact that women have less body water to dilute alcohol and lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH), the enzyme that initiates the alcohol metabolism process. According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology on Alcohol and Cancer, drinking less than one drink per day increases a woman's risk of breast cancer. Understanding the risks associated with alcohol use can decrease a woman's likelihood of experiencing negative health outcomes related to alcohol.