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Aug 2015

Why the difference between men and women?

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Alcohol affects women differently than men. There are several reasons.

  1. On average, women weigh less and people who weigh less reach higher blood alcohol levels compared to people who weigh more.
  2. Women have more adipose tissue (fat), causing alcohol to be absorbed more slowly and the effects of alcohol to take longer to wear off.
  3. Women have less water in their bodies to dilute alcohol. If a woman and a man of the same weight drink an equal amount of alcohol, a woman’s blood alcohol concentration will be higher.
  4. Women have lower levels of the enzymes that break down alcohol. This lower level of enzymes means that alcohol remains in a woman’s system longer.

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