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Does ethanol poisoning affect men and women differently?

Ethanol (alcohol) poisoning and binge drinking are more common in men. Women, however, are generally more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Women are generally smaller in size and also produce less of an enzyme in their stomach to break down the alcohol. Risks to men's health include consistently higher rates of accidental death, impaired sexual function, and increased risk of some types of cancers. Women may experience fertility changes, liver, heart and brain effects, and pregnant women may severely damage the development of an unborn child.

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