Women are drinking more than ever before, as much as men for the first time in history. Dr. Jessica Mellinger says today’s stressors make women an easy target by the alcohol industry. Dr. Mellinger is a liver doctor at the University of Michigan who sees more young women with liver disease, and she says a woman who drinks like a man gets sicker, faster. She hopes educating women about what moderate drinking really means, will turn this dangerous trend around.
Dr. Jessica Mellinger
Dr. Mellinger is an assistant professor in hepatology and psychiatry at the University of Michigan, where she specializes in clinical care and research in patients with alcohol-related liver disease. Along with psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing colleagues, she formed the Michigan Alcohol Improvement Network Multidisciplinary Alcohol-related Liver Disease Clinic. She is NIH-funded for her research in behavioral interventions to help ALD patients stop drinking.