Statistics show an amazing amount of alcoholic women, I don't remember the number and I don't care. Anyway numbers are numbers and doesn't mean much because a lot of women drink secretly and no statistics can count them.
The first alcoolic woman I saw in my life was the mother of a girlfriend. I didn't know why she had so strange eyes and didn't walk right. I thought she was sick and that finally was the truth. Everybody whispered behind her back because every day she went to the shop around the corner to buy herself a bottle of wine, where every women in the area did their shopping.
Sometimes she had no money and she asked one of them to borrow her some. But after a while women found an excuse, as she never gave the money back. So she asked the shop owner, who pittied her and gave her the wine. (husband had to pay later) My mother too slandered over her and told me all these stories. I didn't understand anything, the only thing I felt was pitty with her. My friend too treated her very badly. Then, one day I didn't see her any more and I suppose she went to a specialized hospital.
The next one was an around 50 year old woman with whom I used to work. Once taking a file out I found 1 full and 3 empty whisky bottles. Now I understood why she had these mood changes. She bitched over everything and when she came back from the filing cabinet, she was suddenly all smiles.
Years later when I were in the 50th I noticed that a lot of women around me appreciated very much (too much) cocktails or wine. Especially those who didn't work anymore or those who realized that household and family wasn't enough to fullfil their lifes. Children had grown up and they felt useless. When I was hospitalized for depression alcoholics and depressives were on the same floor. I heard a lot of terrible human tragedies to fill a whole book about human misery.
It's amazing what a creative mind and phantasy women develop to hide their drinks. Parfum bottles when they were invited (so that they could take it with them and officially not drinking much) small plastic water bottles filled with Wodka or Gin, medication bottles etc. Everything was good. At home there also were enough places in the dryer, between oil and vinegar bottles, behind clothes in the wardrobe behind books on shelves, in the garbidge etc etc. Even in their cars. I knew one who used to hide her bottle amongst a pile of empty water bottles. The kitchen also was considered as a nice hiding place as usually husbands don't check very often the content of the cupboards.
During my stay there, a little 75 year old lady with rosy cheaks and white curls, was taken to the emergency service because she had emptied all available parfum bottles in the rooms while the others were eating. Another one who was allowed to go out for the first time after 3 weeks of abstinence, came back like a drunken sailor, had to be locked in and bawled like a hurt animal the whole night. It was terrible.
It happens mostly to women when the children are gone, or if they loose their work or go in pension. Suddenly their life changes completely and they have to face the problem of having too much time. And then they get bored.
It's a big problem and cannot be solved so easily. Alcoholism is a sad desease although we are laughing about them when they speak so funny or are dancing on a table.