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Why a special section on "Alcohol and Women?" Where's the section on "Alcohol and Men"?

No, we're not being sexist. The simple fact is that alcohol affects women differently than men. Women are more sensitive to alcohol, may become addicted sooner, may develop alcohol-related problems more quickly, and many die younger than men with similar drinking problems. This disparity is due mainly to these three factors:

  • Body Size.
    Since, on the average, women are smaller than men, equivalent doses of alcohol produce higher levels of concentration in women's bodies.
  • Body Composition.
    The average female carries more body fat than the average male, and body fat contains little water. Consequently, most women have less body water to dilute the alcohol, leaving a higher concentration of alcohol in women's bodies.
  • Alcohol Dehydrogenase.
    This is a metabolizing enzyme that helps the body get alcohol out of its system. Women have less of this enzyme than men, so more of what women drink enters the bloodstream as pure alcohol. In other words, women can expect substantially more alcohol-caused impairment than men at equivalent doses.

This section also deals with some of the issues that are particular to women and alcohol abuse, such as its effects on things like date rape, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, beauty, G.P.A., increased chances of cancer and other health troubles, and depression.

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