Alcohol’s Effect Can Be More Damaging to Women
N.C. – Feb. 21, 2017 – Listen up ladies.
Women simply don’t metabolize alcohol in the same way as
men. It’s called the telescoping effect.
Several research studies have shown that some women who
drink heavily can do as much damage to their bodies in four to five years as a
man who has been drinking for 20 to 25 years, according to Laura Veach, Ph.D.,
director of screening and counseling intervention services at Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center.
“It has something to do with the concentration of water
and fat, but we’re really not sure that we understand the whole picture because
there is much less research on how women process alcohol,” Veach said. “We do
know that alcohol stays in the liver longer in women than in men, which may explain
why women can experience more impairment and liver damage.”
Knowing what constitutes a standard drink size and
learning to count and visually measure drinks can help women stay healthy, just
as getting an annual physical or skin cancer check does, Veach said.
Here are some things to remember:
- According to the National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism’s website Rethinking Drinking, a
standard drink is five ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer or one-and-a-half
ounces of liquor.
- A regular bottle of wine contains five
- For women, no more than seven standard drinks
a week are recommended.
- Risky drinking is considered to be four
standard drinks in any one day or drinking episode.
- It takes about an hour per drink for the
liver to metabolize alcohol.
“Get a measuring cup and pour out five ounces of wine to
see what that really looks like,” Veach said. “It might surprise you to see how
it looks in a wine glass, especially because the size and shape of glasses can
vary so much.
“That one simple thing can really help you keep track of
how much you are drinking the next time you’re out with friends and help you
avoid risky drinking.”2/21/2017http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2017/Alcohols_Effect_Can_Be_More_Damaging_to_Women.htm
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