Are Women More Affected By Alcohol Than Men?

Recent studies have declared binge drinking as one of the most underrated health concerns for women in the United States. But how much alcohol does it take to qualify as binge drinking? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), binge drinking is a “pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08gdL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men – in about 2 hours.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which conducts the National Survey on Drug Use and Health Survey every year, defines binge drinking for females as having four or more alcoholic drinks during the same time period – this can also mean during a couple of hours.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that due to differences in body structure and chemistry, women’s bodies can absorb more alcohol and it can take their bodies longer than men to break it down and metabolize it.

The CDC says that “upon drinking equal amounts, women have higher alcohol levels in their blood than men, and the immediate effects of alcohol occur more quickly and last longer than men. These differences also make it more likely that drinking will cause long-term health problems in women than men.” Binge drinking puts women at a disadvantage since it increases their risk of negative health effects. Researchers have also found that women who binge drink are more likely to drive under the influence (DUI).

When women binge drink, they put themselves at risk for:

  • Breast cancer
  • Mouth and throat cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Liver disease

Knowing the effects of binge drinking on women is important and can help those who may be tempted to drive under the influence avoid the risk. Women are often less tolerant to alcohol and may feel the effects of alcohol differently than men would.

The risks posed by alcohol can affect anybody, and being arrested for driving under the influence can also happen to anyone. For all California drivers, the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. is dedicated to providing the best possible service for our clients who have been accused of a DUI. If you have questions about your case, contact us today.

Related: What Affects Alcohol Absorption?

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