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Why does my sex affect my hangover risk?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Women tend to suffer worse hangovers and may get them after drinking less alcohol than men. Women generally weigh less than men do, and fluid makes up a smaller proportion of a woman's body weight. Since women have less fluid in their bodies than men, there is less fluid around to dilute the alcohol that a woman consumes. These factors mean that women absorb alcohol faster than men, and as a result need less alcohol than men do to reach the same level of intoxication and may have more dramatic changes in their blood alcohol content, affecting the severity of a hangover.

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