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Men are more likely than women to become addicted to drugs, alcohol and gambling
but the same addictions among females are usually more severe, a study released
Sunday by the Welfare and Social Affairs Ministry has revealed.
to the figures, which were compiled from information collected from various
day-care centers for addicts and those working out in the field, roughly 18,158
males received treatment in 2009 for addiction to drugs, gambling or alcohol in
2009, compared to 4,744 women.
However, while 80 percent of the country’s
addicts were males, the research found that the compulsive addictions amongst
females were far more deeply rooted and serious than among the men, with women
addicts more likely to become totally dysfunctional. Many of the women treated
for drug, alcohol or gambling addictions had also been victims of sexual
exploitation as young adults or had experienced some form of sexual trauma
The study found, however, that although the women were
less motivated to seek help for their addictions, once they started receiving
treatment they were generally more determined about it and their path to
recovery was far smoother and quicker than that of their male
Broken down, the data collected showed that roughly 17,000
of the addicts were drug abusers; 8,000 were hooked on alcohol; and 670 could
not control their gambling habits. All the figures for 2009 showed an increase
over the previous year, although that rise was in keeping with the population
Among the drug addicts, the information collected showed that the
largest group of addicts were aged 36-55 and, of those, many were completely
detached from their family, the report noted.
Younger addicts, those aged
19-25, showed less of a tendency to socially isolate themselves, displaying
instead personal and professional characteristics similar to their non-drug
“At this point most of the younger people who consume
drugs are convinced that the drugs do not interfere with their personal
development,” wrote the researchers.
While alcoholics tended to be
slightly older – between the ages of 46-55 – the data showed that alcohol
consumption among Israeli youth is becoming a serious problem. Information taken
from researchers at Israel’s Anti-Drug Authority indicated that than half the
country’s youth regularly consumed alcohol, while one-third admitted to becoming
The authority said that easy access to legal alcohol made it
difficult to send a negative message to youths about drinking.
gambling also increased in 2009, although the number of those treated at centers
supported by social services was much lower than other forms of
Gamblers, however – like other addicts – displayed a tendency to
perform illegal acts and lie to relatives in order to finance their habit.