Women and Alcohol

  • Women absorb alcohol into the bloodstream faster and metabolize it slower than men.
  • Women who drink regularly are at significantly greater risk for liver damage than men even if they drink less or drink for a shorter period of time.
  • Women develop alcoholic liver disease after a comparatively shorter period of heavy drinking and at a lower level of daily drinking than men.28
  • Proportionately more alcoholic women die from cirrhosis than do alcoholic men.27
  • The odds of women experiencing sexual aggression were nine times higher on heavy days of alcohol consumption compared with days of no alcohol consumption.1
  • There is a greater incidence of alcohol misuse in women with eating disorders, especially bulimia, than in the general population.2
  • Girls who start dieting in sixth grade are more likely to engage in alcohol misuse later in life.2
  • A growing body of literature shows that substance abuse among women and the issues surrounding their abuse differ from that among men.3