addiction

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Just over a week after the death of Whitney Houston, Alice G. Walton writes at Forbes that "Women may be less likely to become addicts than men, but when they do, their fall is harder." She goes on to note that once women start taking a drug, they "become dependent on the drug sooner and experience the serious consequences earlier on in the addiction process than men do" -- a so-called "telescoping" effect for women. Furthermore, "when [women] are affected by [drug addiction], it tends to have a more severe course" than for men.