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Why Men Can Drink More Than Women

We're all for gender equality, but challenging your guy friends to a drinking contest is not a good idea.

Easy on the cocktails, ladies! As fun as it is to let loose with some booze after a long day’s work, it’s important to know your limits and drink responsibly.

Ever notice how girls usually get tipsy much faster than guys? Most men can chug bottles of beer without feeling the hit, whereas women get light-headed after a drink or two. No, it’s not because boys have more “space” in their bodies; it’s because women don’t metabolize alcohol in the same way as men.

Research has shown that the amount of alcohol that's considered safe on a weekly basis is much lower for women than it is for men. According to the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the number of drinks women can consume for low-risk drinking is no more than three drinks a day or seven drinks a week. On the other hand, the limit for men is four drinks a day or 14 drinks a week.

In a study done on college students, 15 percent of women exceeded weekly drinking limits compared to 12 percent of men. Bettina Hoeppner, lead study author and an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, explained, “College women adopt a drinking style that will cause toxicity soon. Overall, women drink less than men do, but they don't seem to know how much less they should be drinking in a week.”

Dr. Marc Galanter, director of the division of alcoholism and drug abuse at the NYU Langone Medical Center, adds, “I think these young women are independent souls and are motivated to drink in a manner that's similar to the way that men are drinking. [But] comparable levels of drinking for women have a greater impact in terms of intoxication."

So be smart, Cosmo girls. Take your time sipping on those martinis and leave the drinking contests to the boys. Cheers!

Source: Everyday Health

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