Physically speaking, women will have more health problems than men including cirrhosis of the liver, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. Women also have more psychological problems than men do when they become alcoholics. For men, drinking alcohol is more accepted than women. This is primarily because women are expected to play the role of the nurturing mother and wife whereas men are full of power and head of the household. When women have a drinking problem it is typically confronted faster than a man and men are more likely to divorce alcoholic women.