Is there a difference between men and women regarding substance abuse? If so why?

There are certain differences between men and women in terms of using drugs, how they started to use drugs and the process of quitting. While teenage boys quickly become addicted, this process is very slow for teenage girls. Therefore, it is more common for men to have impact on social relation when we consider addiction as a sub culture and continuation of this culture.

Whereas, women have less opportunity to develop a sub culture and to continue it. However, we see that alcohol industry has been targeted women in their ads for 7-8 years. So, the number of women in the researches will change in the future.