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Disturbing trend finds number of female alcoholics is surging

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Alcoholism appears to be on the rise in women. Counselors, along with women battling with the disease, aren't surprised as women take on more from work to raising a family.

Some women say as they take on larger roles, they're carrying a burden that makes some turn to a bottle.

Ann Dowsett Johnston is the author of the new book called "Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol." She says alcoholism is on the rise in women around the country.

"The new face of alcoholism unfortunately, is my face. And it is a very different look, professional, educated and getting into trouble and I'm not alone," says Johnston. "I think it's really uneasy to understand that women would reach for a glass of wine as they chop the vegetables, as I did, another glass at dinner. That can slowly morph into very troubling behavior."

As women gain more power in the workplace and still seek to maintain home life, the stress of it all may take a toll.

Some women aren't surprised on the rise in women looking to a bottle.

"I'm a med student, I have two jobs, I'm on my way to the gym and I still have to go home and be like I still got to find what I'm going to eat for lunch tomorrow," says Jessica Stell. "So I mean, it's a lot going on and I do drink wine almost four times a week. I don't think I'm an alcoholic. It's just my way of relaxing."

More and more women are doing the same, but it's concerning when the occasional habit becomes a necessity.

"I attribute it to something called, ‘role exhaustion' where women are expected to basically be masters in the domestic sphere, masters at work," explains counselor Sarah Suzuki. "You know, after the feminist wave, they're supposed to climb the career ladder and also be perfect parents."

As women strive for more, some women look to wine and vodka while others look to hard stuff like their male counterparts.

"A lot of times they find they're isolated, disappointed that they're not feeling some sort of bliss from succeeding and they're just looking for a way to soothe themselves," she adds.

"I also see women looking into nontraditional areas, a lot of women are drinking whiskey, bourbon, scotches," Binny's Spirits Manager David Soto tells FOX 32.

Counselors say women often drink alone and are more prone to depression than men.

"It's going to become more and more prevalent," Suzuki says. "And it's something that needs to be addressed at a systemic level before it gets out of control."

Experts say if you're attempting an intervention for a woman who is dealing with alcoholism, they're already feeling vulnerable so make sure they are a part of the process.

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