MPR News with Angela Davis

Addressing rising alcohol use among women

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Alcohol use and misuse among women has been on the rise for years and it’s affecting their health faster than men.
Courtesy of Andrew Walsh

Alcohol use and misuse among women is on the rise and it’s causing severe health problems for some women.

Women who drink have a higher risk than men for certain health problems, including liver disease, heart disease and cancer.

And research suggests that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with more drinking among women but not among men.

MPR News host Angela Davis talks with a researcher who studies sex differences in alcohol use, and a drug and alcohol counselor who specializes in women’s addiction.


  • MacKenzie Peltier is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. She researches sex differences in alcohol use disorders. 

  • Jasmin Boelter is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor and the clinical director at Wellcome Manor Family Services in Garden City, Minn.

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