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Are alcohol abuse and alcoholism more harmful to women than to men?

Paul  Hokemeyer, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapy
There are three key physical factors that make women more susceptible to alcohol related problems then men. The first deals with an enzyme in our body that breaks down alcohol in our systems. Women have less of this enzyme then men. As a result, alcohol stays in a women’s body longer and is absorbed into their blood stream faster and more intensely. In addition, compared to men, women have less water and more fat in their bodies. This combination results in their bodies holding a higher concentration of alcohol in their organs for a longer period of time then men.

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