Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Biology Explains Why Women Can't Drink as Much as Men

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Biology Explains Why Women Can't Drink as Much as Men

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Dear Doctor K: Can you explain why "moderate" drinking is defined differently for men and women? Is it because men tend to be heavier?

Dear Reader: Women are advised to drink less alcohol than men because they are much more vulnerable to alcohol's harmful effects.

For example, research has found that if a woman has more than one drink a day, she increases her risk of car accidents and other traumatic injuries. Her risk of high blood pressure, stroke, suicide and breast cancer goes up. And drinking more than one drink a day also increases the risk that she will go on to abuse or become dependent on alcohol.

Women also tend to advance from their first drink to their first alcohol-related problem to the need for treatment more quickly than men. …

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