October 16, 2006

Women More At Risk Than Men With Excessive Drinking

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and the Centers for Disease Control, excessive drinking puts women at greater health risks than their male counterparts. Women’s health risks include:

  • More brain damage and atrophy than men who drink the same amount
  • A higher risk of developing diseases related alcohol abuse, such as liver disease, heart disease and breast cancer
  • Becoming addicted to alcohol more quickly than men
  • Drinking heavily later in life
  • Less likelihood of being properly diagnosed with alcohol dependence
  • Putting babies at risk if women drink while pregnant

Studies also show alcoholics increase their drinking at the end of the year because of holidays, stress, and other factors, and women are particularly hard hit.

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