Girls love heading to the bar just as much as any guy. Whether it’s for a drink after work, a night out with the girls, or just hanging out on a Friday night, it can be relaxing to sit at the bar and have a couple drinks with friends.
Unfortunately, while we hear about women heading out to the bar just as much as guys, we tend to hear a little bit more about those girls-You may have seen a few of them last time you were out at the bar: The ones who just couldn’t seem to keep up with the guys or got a little sloppy while the rest of their co-workers were still sober.
It makes you wonder why women will get like that when alcohol treats both men and women equally”¦ or does it?
Actually, any women who is attempting to “hold her own” when drinking with a man is putting herself at great risk. This is because when it comes to alcohol, men and women are inherently unequal. In fact, women become much more intoxicated than men after drinking the exact same amount of alcohol, even when differences in body weight are taken into account.
Because of this, it is essential for women to understand just how alcohol manipulates their body and the different effects that it can have on their overall health and well being. Here are just a few ways in which alcohol affects women differently than men:
Blood Alcohol Concentration
Women are affected by alcohol much more rapidly than men for several different reasons. One of the largest reasons being the fact that women’s bodies have much less water than men’s bodies. Because alcohol mixes with body water, a given amount of alcohol becomes much more highly concentrated in the body of a women, resulting in a higher blood alcohol concentration (BAC).
Women also become more intoxicated in a shorter amount of time because they tend to have a higher percentage of body fat than men. Body fat is not able to absorb alcohol, therefore it is concentrated at higher levels in the blood stream. Add all of these factors together and it is easy to see why a woman absorbs up to 30% more alcohol in their bloodstream compared to a man of the same height and weight.
Health and Well Being
Alcohol not only affects a women differently at the time that she is drinking, but also in the long-term effects of alcohol consumption. Women who consistently drink are at higher risk of developing serious conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, memory loss and ulcers compared to men.
A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association also showed that a woman’s risk of breast cancer rises with the amount of alcohol that she consumes. In fact, the study showed that women who drink two to five alcoholic drinks each day were 41% more likely to develop breast cancer than non-drinkers.
The bottom line is that when it comes to alcohol, men and women are vastly different. By understanding the different ways in which alcohol can have an effect on your overall health and body, you can help to ensure you stay safe and smart each and every time you head to the bar.