Yes, you read right. Contrary to common myth, heavy drinking is, in fact, a greater health crisis among women than men. Think we’re lying? Here’s the truth.
It’s just a myth that men are the prime binge drinkers. Turns out us women have a bigger and more serious alcohol problem. Don’t believe us? Read this AND this AND this.
Shocked? So are we!
While alcohol abuse remains a huge problem for both genders, the effects of consuming identical amounts of booze are more severe on women - even among those who share the same height and body weight as men.
And the reasons are pretty obvious:
• Women tend to have a greater body fat percentage and because fat cannot absorb alcohol, it is concentrated at higher levels in the blood.
• Women have less of the stomach enzyme dehydrogenase that metabolises booze, so we absorb roughly 30% more alcohol than men of the same height and body weight.
• Women in general are smaller than men, further concentrating alcohol absorption.
• Women tend to eat less, compounding the impact of booze.
• Women experience hormonal changes during their menstrual cycle which intensifies the effects of alcohol.
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