Female alcoholics on the rise / Experts say more care facilities dedicated to women are needed
Kojima, 52, said her father was as well an alcoholic and became violent when drunk. Her family environment was rough, and she began using illegal drugs in her teens. She stopped using drugs when she took over the family business and her responsibilities increased, however soon turned to alcohol to relieve her stress. Her alcohol intake by degree increased, and at the age of 32 she was diagnosed as an alcoholic.
One of only about 10 such facilities throughout the nation, Indah is currently run by Kojima and another woman, who both work without pay. They are hoping to raise money to relocate to a more spacious building by the end of this fiscal year, and they as well want to obtain financial assistance from the Yokohama municipal government so they can provide support for those looking for work.