Year: 2001 Source: Salud Publica de Mexico, v.43, n.6, (November-December 2001), p.537-543 SIEC No: 20020451

This article describes the demographic characteristics & psychological differences in a sample of female heavy & non-heavy drinkers who attended 3 emergency services of the Mexican city of Pachuca. 36 women out of 717 of the total number of women were found to be heavy drinkers according to the TWEAK scale. This group of women had 2.3 times the risk of taking other drugs, 1.95 times the likelihood of having been sexually abused & 1.57 times the risk of displaying suicidal ideation. Data confirms international findings that problem drinking among females throughout the life cycle is linked to depression. (31 refs)