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Are Women More Susceptible to Alcoholism?

Are Women More Susceptible to Alcoholism?

Women typically get drunker quicker than men when they consume the same amount of alcohol in the same amount of time. Although an old wives’ tale may state that men are naturally bigger and stronger than women making them slower to intoxicate, the body definitely has much to do with how drunk each sex can get.

Men and women metabolize alcohol differently than one another because of the differences in body fat. Women usually have more body fat compared to that of a man. Body fat holds less water causing a woman’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) to become higher at a faster rate since there is less water to dilute the blood. Women also tend to have less of the metabolizing enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, which assists the body in eliminating alcohol by breaking it down.

Hormones also play a huge role in how alcohol affects a woman when she is drinking in excess. Estrogen breaks down alcohol and increase levels of acetaldehyde which is produced by the liver as a byproduct. An overabundance of both estrogen and alcohol can get a woman expeditiously drunk.

Although alcohol addiction is a more common risk in men, females who abuse alcohol have shown to become addicted in a shorter span of time. Women with an alcohol problem are more likely to have accelerated consequences in comparison to men. Young women in the 18 to 34 age range statistically have more alcohol-related problems. Many women do not start drinking until later in their life when they are around 35 or older causing health related problems with alcohol due to their physiology and their much slower metabolism.

Reasons as to why women abuse alcohol vary from person to person. Attempting to improve their moods, alleviating stress, losing weight by drunkorexia, managing depression, or increasing their confidence levels are common intentions to overly drink alcohol. When a woman is in crisis, she will also be more likely to pick up a drink to act as the solution instead of having to deal with the problems. By seeking treatment when a woman begins to drink alcoholically, they have a better chance to find sobriety the faster they receive some help.

Serenity Oaks Wellness Center is a 5-week extensive treatment program that can help someone who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Our holistic therapy and 12-Step aspects combined can show our clients how to adorn their soul in recovery.

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