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Drinking Alcohol

The Gender Differences
For Alcoholism


  • Women metabolize alcohol more slowly than men so alcohol stays in a woman’s bloodstream longer.
  • Women have less water in their bodies than men, therefore, alcohol is less able to dissolve and remains more concentrated.
  • Liver disease and other alcohol-related problems develop faster in women than in men who drink the same amount.
  • Women’s risk for breast cancer, especially after menopause, increases with greater alcohol consumption. For each standard-sized drink a day, postmenopausal breast cancer risk rises by about 11 percent. If you’re at high risk for breast cancer for other reasons, consider eliminating alcohol from your life.

Resource: NIAAA and Susan G. Komen