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Does alcohol substance abuse affect men and women differently?

Addiction basically affects men and women the same way; however, women are more sensitive to alcohol, and a smaller amount of alcohol causes more deterioration in their brains and bodies. It takes a shorter period of time for hard alcohol use to lead to cirrhosis of the liver and other complications from alcohol in women. Additionally, alcoholism has a hereditary component that appears to be even stronger in men than in women. 
Alcohol affects men and women differently. Alcohol tends to stay in a woman's body longer and the risks of developing health problems such as liver disease and certain cancers are greater in women who drink. Because men have more muscle, their bodies can dilute the alcohol into water.

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