Have you been thinking about whether or not you have an issue with alcohol?
Do you enjoy a drink now and then when socializing with friends and family? There might be times when you are drinking out of habit and not really thinking about how much you are consuming. Drinking can be beneficial or harmful, it all depends on your age, health and knowing how much is too much. If you come to the conclusion that you need to cut down, there are strategies and tools that you can use to help yourself. Take a look at this article from the National Institute of Health and see how your drinking habits might be affecting your health.
Women and Drinking
Women’s drinking patterns are different from men’s when it comes to how much and how often they drink. Women’s bodies react differently to alcohol than men’s. That means women face particular health risks from alcohol.
Why Women face higher risks than men:
Research shows that women start to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men. One reason is that, on average, women weigh less than men. Also, alcohol resides predominantly in body water, and pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men do. So after a man and woman of the same weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the woman’s blood alcohol concentration will tend to be higher, putting her at greater risk for harm.
Health risks for women can include:
• Liver Damage – Women who drink are more likely to develop liver inflammation than men.
• Heart Disease – Women are more susceptible to alcohol-related heart disease than men.
• Breast Cancer – Women who have about one drink per day also have an increased chance of developing breast cancer compared to women who do not drink at all.
• Pregnancy – Any drinking during pregnancy is risky. Heavy drinking can put a fetus at increased risk for learning, behavioral, and other problems.