Gender Inequality is Reality When It Comes to Drinking Alcohol
Women become intoxicated more rapidly and take longer for alcohol to pass from their system. This is why government-recommended drinking guidelines are different for men and women. Guidelines suggest just one drink each day for women and not more than two for men. This winds up as a relative equivalent since a single drink affects women twice as much as one drink does a man.
Here’s just some of the risks that women drinkers face:
- Complexion – It dries the skin and robs it of key nutrients, dilates blood vessels, can leave spidery trails on the face and deprives skin of its healthful luster.
- Weight Gain – Alcohol works against calorie-counting. Ounce for ounce, alcohol is higher in calories than many of the foods you eat. Drinking will make you feel hungry, and will lessen self-control, making it more likely that you will consume more empty calories.
- Cancer – Drinking puts you in a higher health risk category. Women who have as few as three drinks each week have a 15 percent greater chance of developing breast cancer. And for every drink beyond three, the risk goes up another 10 percent.
- Menstruation – Regular drinking has been shown to negatively impact women’s monthly cycles. It could worsen monthly discomfort, or it may cause women to miss monthly periods.
- Pregnancy – Ladies who enjoy five plus drinks in a week have more trouble becoming pregnant.
- Liver Disease – This is a common risk for all drinkers, but for women the risk is even greater since their livers don’t process as efficiently as men’s.