Women vs Men: The Health Affects of Alcohol

It’s a girls’ night out, so you are meeting up for a few drinks and plenty of laughs.  It sounds like a whole lot of fun, but it can actually be quite dangerous to your health if it’s a regular occurrence with you and your gal pals.  In fact, compared to men, the side-effects of regular alcohol consumption in females is dire.  This week, we will investigate the impact of alcohol on your wellness and why the consequences are much more ‘serious’ if you are a woman.





Basically, the effects of alcohol are much more damaging to a woman’s health due to simple physiology.  Did you know that:

  • A woman’s body has more body fat than that of a man of the same weight. This means that her body contains less water and therefore when she drinks it results in a higher alcohol concentration in the blood.
  • The concentration of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol, appears to be lower and less active in women than in men which again results in higher blood alcohol concentrations.
  • Generally speaking women weigh less than men, and this difference really amplifies the problem.

As a result women are much more prone to suffer with serious disease as a result of drinking – in fact, even if ladies only have two standard alcoholic drinks daily, they are more likely to suffer from:

  • Certain cancers including breast
  • Lowered fertility
  • Liver diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Brain damage

Obviously, the more regularly a woman drinks, the greater the risk of these health issues arising.  However, female binge drinkers (who over-indulge once a week or more) are at the greatest danger of damaging their health.

If you are a woman who likes a drink, you should aim to have no more than 2 standard alcoholic drinks per day with AT LEAST 2 alcohol free days a week (preferably in a row).  Binge drinking should also be stopped, so women should never have more than the recommended 2 drinks a day in any one drinking session.

The Natural Way is not just a weight loss clinic – we are dedicated to making more healthy and educated so by the time you get to goal, you know exactly how to keep your weight off.  We are 100% dedicated to improving you overall well-being so that is why you should lose weight with the only 100% Australian-owned holistic weight loss program.   Call us today on 1300 SLIMMER (1300 754 663) to make your FREE appointment to find out more or visit our website:  www.thenaturalway.com.au



About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way.
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