Q: Does Alcohol Affect a Woman's Body Differently From a Man's Body?
Yes. Women become more intoxicated than men after drinking the same amount
of alcohol, even when differences in body weight
are taken into account. This is because women's bodies have proportionately less
water than men's bodies.
Because alcohol mixes with body water, a given amount of alcohol becomes more
highly concentrated in a woman's body than in a man's.
That is why the recommended drinking limit for women is lower than for men.
In addition, chronic alcohol abuse takes a heavier physical toll on women
than on men.
Alcohol dependence and related medical problems, such as brain and liver damage,
rapidly in women than in men. (See also Alcohol Alert No.
10: Alcohol and Women.)
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