However, they don’t call it “male alcohol abuse” to say that men are significantly different in their alcoholism because individuals are all significantly different in addictions. Calling alcohol addiction “alcoholism” is somewhat off the mark these days as it has connotations that imply a special case that do not necessarily exist in comparison to other forms of addiction.
My point is related to Will’s post that “toxic masculinity” doesn’t exist. The term is detrimental because it clearly connects the problem to a gender in a vague way that doesn’t help clarify anything. On the face of it, it simply says that masculinity is toxic.
However, it is the aggressive and competitive behavior from dominant and subordinate social positions where the problems arise. In competitive situations in politics and business, men dominate, but that is not necessarily true in every social situation as the term toxic masculinity would apply. In a dominant position, aggressive and even offensive behavior is necessary and even rewarded irrespective of gender. However, it can also be inappropriate again, irrespective of gender, in different situations.
Focusing on the gender seems to me to be more a political statement against the fact that in the more competitive sectors of our society, men tend to dominate compared to women, but that emerged from and is sustained by the entire society - not just men.