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Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff

Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff

Dr. K: Why women can’t drink as much as men

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Q Can you explain why “moderate” drinking is defined differently for men and women? Is it because men tend to be heavier? Or is there more to it?

A Women are advised to drink less alcohol than men because they are much more vulnerable to alcohol’s harmful effects.


For example, research has found that if a woman has more than one drink a day, she increases her risk of car accidents and other traumatic injuries. Her risk of high blood pressure, stroke, suicide and breast cancer goes up. And drinking more than one drink a day also increases the risk that she will go on to abuse or become dependent on alcohol.

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