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Soccer player Abby Wambach struggles with addiction like many other women do




In this photo from July 13, 2011, Abby Wambach celebrates scoring her side's second goal during a semifinal match against France at the Women's World Cup in Germany. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer today.
In this photo from July 13, 2011, Abby Wambach celebrates scoring her side's second goal during a semifinal match against France at the Women's World Cup in Germany. Wambach, the leading career scorer, male or female, in international soccer, announced her retirement from soccer today.
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Today marks the release of the new book FORWARD by soccer star Abby Wambach. 

The memoir is made up of chapters titled for the labels she has lived with throughout her life... 

Tomboy, captain, lesbian... and addict. 

In the book, she opens up about her abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs. 

Wambach says she's been sober since her arrest for driving under the influence in April.

Addiction is a struggle for anyone caught in its grip... but when it comes to dealing with addictions, it may be important to bear in mind some differences between the genders. 

For more on this, Take Two's Alex Cohen spoke to Dr. Joy Hao  of UCLA Medical Center. 

To hear the full conversation, click the blue player above.