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A new treatment for advanced prostate cancer improves survival in phase 3 clinical trial. Is it true that women are more susceptible than men to the effects of alcohol, and if so, why is this?
There are several reasons for this. Our bodies contain proportionately less water and more fat than men's bodies. Water dilutes alcohol and fat retains it, so our organs are exposed to higher concentrations of alcohol for longer periods of time. Also, women have less alcohol dehydrogenase, an enzyme that breaks down alcohol before it reaches the bloodstream. At any given dose, our blood levels of alcohol will be higher than a man's, even taking into differences in body weight.
As a result, one drink for a woman is roughly equivalent to two drinks for a man. To continue reading this article, you must log in. Already a member? ». As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content.
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