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  • Hanpatchaiyakul, Kulnaree
    et al.
    Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Changwat Nonthaburi, Thailand.
    Eriksson, Henrik
    The Swedish Red Cross University College, Department of Health Sciences.
    Kijsomporn, Jureerat
    Praboromarajchanok Institute for Health Workforce Development, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.
    Gunnel, Östlund
    School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Malardalen University.
    Lived Experience of Thai Women with Alcohol Addiction2017In: Asian Nursing Research, ISSN 1976-1317, Vol. 11, no 4, 304-310 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose: This study explores the lived experiences of Thai women in relation to alcohol addiction in treatment. Methods: Twelve women aged 20 to 65 years, were participated. The participants were recruited from two special hospitals and one outpatient clinic in a general hospital. Descriptive phenomenology was applied to analyze the transcripts of the individual interviews. Result: The explored phenomenon of Thai women experiencing alcohol addiction included four essential aspects, (1) feeling inferior and worthless (2) feeling physically and emotionally hurt, (3) fearing physical deterioration and premature death, and (4) feeling superior and powerful. Through these different aspects of Thai women's lived experiences, the following essence was synthesized. The essence of the lived experience of alcohol addiction among the studied Thai women was ambivalence between feeling inferior and worthless and feeling superior and powerful when acting as a man. Drinking alcohol lessened life's difficulties and fears; for example, of violence, bodily demolition, premature death and marginalization from family and society. Conclusion: Thai women who experience alcohol addiction are treated with gender-related double standards when trying to undo gender traditional roles. Their marginalization from family and society deepens making them even more vulnerable to the positive side effects of alcohol drinking.