Dr. Melhem Harmouch
Studies show that women are more likely to be affected by alcohol than men, even if they drink smaller amounts. Of course, heavy drinking will lead to health problems like breast cancer, liver infections and brain damage. Even though women and men can equally recover from alcoholism, yet women face more issues in getting the treatment.
Drinking alcohol is very common in several societies, as it may be as a celebration for a specific occasion, involvement in the society or just to spend time with friends or families over a drink. Many women are capable of drinking moderately; however, it still has risks. Moreover, even though men usually drink alcohol in bigger amounts than women, it is more harmful for women. For the purpose of solving many problems, such as depression, emotional issues or stress, women tend to abuse alcohol.
Studies have shown that women, who drink more than 7 drinks a week, are at risk of having car accidents and other problems, such as cancer, stroke, or committing suicide. Moreover, those who drink more than that are more likely to become alcoholic.
Alcohol has several health consequences, especially on women. Alcoholic women are more likely to face the following heath problems:
- Liver disease: women drinking alcohol may face liver inflammation or chronic disease that destroys the liver and lead to its dysfunction.
- Brain damage: Women, more than men, are in risk to suffer from losing mental function and reduced brain size.
In comparison with women who do not consume alcohol, or drink responsibly, alcoholic women have increased risks of thinning of bones, fractures in the hips, early menopause, infertility or miscarriage, or heart diseases and high blood pressures.
Moreover, alcohol increases the risk of developing breast cancer for women. Consuming one glass of wine a day (a 4-oz glass) increases the risk of breast cancer by 10%. Speaking in numbers, a normal woman who doesn’t drink alcohol has a risk 9/100 of developing breast cancer, whereas a woman who drinks 2 drinks a day has a risk of 10/100. However, 6 drinks raise the risk to 13/100.