Women and Alcohol
Fewer women than men drink alcohol but they appear to be more vulnerable to the harmful consequences of alcohol use. When drinking the same amounts of alcohol, women achieve higher levels of alcohol in the blood and become more impaired than men. Among heavy drinkers, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, female alcoholics have death rates 50 to 100 percent higher than those of male alcoholics, including deaths from suicides, alcohol-related accidents, heart disease, and stroke and liver cirrhosis.