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WOMEN AND ALCOHOL. Did You Know?. Women can expect to be substantially drunker after drinking the same number of drinks as their male friends. For Example:. After consuming two drinks in one hour. . . A 200lb male will have a BAC of ~.035

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WOMEN

AND

ALCOHOL


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Did You Know?

Women can expect to be substantially drunker after drinking the same number of drinks as their male friends.


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For Example:

After consuming two drinks in one hour. . .

A 200lb male will have a

BAC of ~.035

A 150lb female will have a

BAC of ~.06!

Her blood alcohol concentration is almost twice his blood alcohol concentration after they’ve had the same amount to drink!


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Body Size Men?

  • The average man’s body mass is 12% greater than the average women’s.


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Body Composition Men?

  • In general, women have a greater percent of body fat and a smaller percent of muscle tissue than men.

  • Because women have less muscle tissue, they also have less body water in which to distribute consumed alcohol.


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Enzymes Men?

  • Women have lower levels of alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme involved in the metabolism of alcohol.

  • Even if a man and a women have the same body size and composition, the women will still have a BAC about 1/3 higher than the man if they drink the same amount!


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Hormones Men?

  • Estrogen slows the metabolism of alcohol.

  • Intoxicating effects of alcohol are most powerful when a woman’s estrogen levels are highest – i.e. right before her period.

  • Women on birth control pills metabolize alcohol more slowly throughout their cycle.


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“Women have come a long way over the past 20 years, but in substance abuse and addiction women have come the wrong way.”

- Joseph Calitano, Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University


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Women make up 1/3 of the estimated 14 million alcohol-abusing or alcohol dependant people in the U.S.


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It takes less alcohol consumption for women to become dependant on alcohol.


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The course of alcohol addiction progresses at a faster rate among women than men.



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55% of female students involved in acquaintance rape had been drinking or using drugs at the time.


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60% of college women diagnosed with an STD were drunk at the time of infection.


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Women who have 3 or fewer drinks when they party experience fewer alcohol-related problems.


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Drinking and Grades party experience fewer alcohol-related problems.

Check out this data from a huge national survey of college students!

Note: The number of drinks per week for men with an A grade point average is about the same as the numbers of drinks per week for women with a D average.


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Recommendations for Women: party experience fewer alcohol-related problems.

  • For Optimal Health =

  • No more than 1 drink per day

  • For Safety =

  • No more than 3 drinks per day


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