Generally, women outlive
men. If you're thinking this is one of the great
advantages women enjoy, you're right. But...
There's always a
"but." If you're drinking heavily, the advantage
of living longer than men pretty much disappears. If you
consume large amounts of alcohol, your chance of
developing health problems is greater than that of men. So
is your chance of dying earlier than you should.
For example, studies have
shown that if you average two drinks a day, four days a
week, your chance of developing skin cancer is 2 1/2 times
greater than women who don't drink. And with each
additional drink, your chances of developing breast
cancer, heart disease, and other health problems increase
Women also develop
alcoholic liver disease in a shorter period of heavy
drinking, and at a lower level of daily drinking than men.
And more alcoholic women die of cirrhosis than do
Conclusion? The less you
drink, the longer you're likely to live and be healthy.