Alcohol's Hidden Risks
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Alcohol's Hidden Risks

Do you know the pros and cons of alcohol on your health? Take our quiz to find out.

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Alcohol's Hidden Risks
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men have an extra enzyme in their stomach that makes them better able to handle alcohol consumption compared to women.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Men have an enzyme in their stomachs that digests alcohol. When a man and a woman each drink a bottle of beer, the majority of the woman's alcohol goes into her bloodstream, but only half of the alcohol goes into the man's bloodstream.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chronic alcohol abuse causes more physical damage to women than to men.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Chronic alcohol abuse takes a heavier physical toll on women than on men. Alcohol dependence and related medical problems, such as brain, heart and liver damage, progress more rapidly in women than in men.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

What percentage of American women have at least one drink each year?

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The correct answer is: According to the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 60 percent of U.S. women drink at least one alcoholic drink each year.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

A woman should not drink at all under which of these circumstances?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A woman should not drink at all if she is pregnant or trying to become pregnant, if she is taking medicines that may interfere with alcohol, or if she has trouble controlling how much she drinks.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Women who drink alcohol are at an increased risk of developing which cancer?

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The correct answer is: Research suggests that for every increase in the average number of daily alcohol drinks, the risk of developing breast, liver and throat cancer increases. Risks for rectum, mouth and esophagus cancer also increase.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

In which way does alcohol affect your sleep?

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The correct answer is: Drinking may help you feel more relaxed and help you fall asleep faster, but alcohol prevents the brain from entering the deeper, more restorative stages of sleep. The result: You wake up feeling less refreshed with less energy the next day.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol consumption can lower your risk for heart disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Studies have shown that moderate drinkers are less likely to die from heart disease than nondrinkers. Drinking alcohol slightly increases the level of HDL "good" cholesterol. Be careful, though: Drinking too much alcohol can lead to increased calorie intake, high blood pressure and heart failure.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

How many drinks defines "moderate consumption" for women?

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The correct answer is: Moderation means no more than one drink a day for women.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these defines "one drink"?

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The correct answer is: A drink consists of a 12-ounce beer, a 5-ounce glass of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof liquor. Women who drink no more than one glass of alcohol a day are less likely to have heart disease than women who do not drink at all or those who drink heavily.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Alcohol consumption can increase your odds for which of these conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Research has found that drinking at an early age increases your risk for weakened bones, which can result in osteoporosis. And while some women drink to relieve depression, alcohol can actually make depression worse. Finally, long-term, chronic alcohol use can result in addiction.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol consumption increases your risk for contracting an STD.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions, which means you are less likely to practice safe sex. That can lead to contracting STDs or having an unexpected pregnancy.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How much alcohol does it take to get a hangover?

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The correct answer is: People have varying levels of tolerance when it comes to alcohol. Therefore, each person has a different threshold after which they will experience a hangover. However, as a general rule, women who drink more than three to five drinks are more likely to experience a hangover.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: The darker the wine, the better it is for you.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Antioxidants in red wine soak up damaging free radicals that play a role in aging and age-related diseases. Red wine also has polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that includes resveratrol, which protects cell membranes and has anti-inflammatory properties.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Moderate alcohol use can interfere with your ability to get pregnant.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Even low-level alcohol use can disrupt normal menstrual cycles. Over time, irregular periods and disrupted cycles can make getting pregnant more difficult.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What amount is safe for a pregnant woman to drink?

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The correct answer is: Because the baby's brain is developing throughout the entire pregnancy, alcohol can cause developmental problems at any point during pregnancy. Therefore, there is no safe amount for a pregnant woman to drink.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol can ease hot flashes in menopausal women.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Alcohol, spicy foods, caffeine and stress can actually cause hot flashes in menopausal women.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking alcohol accelerates skin aging.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Alcohol dehydrates your skin. Dehydrated skin lacks the moisture that gives it a youthful glow. Dehydration also deprives your skin of essential nutrients.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Alcohol consumption can lead to permanent blood vessel damage in your face.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Alcohol dilates blood vessels in your face, which can cause flushing or redness in the short term. Eventually, these blood vessels may burst and can only be removed with laser treatments.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Drinking too much alcohol can cause diarrhea.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Alcohol impairs the small intestine's ability to retain food for digestion. However, it does not impair the movement of food through the intestine or the compaction of the intestinal elements, which can cause diarrhea.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

In which way does alcohol affect your teeth?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Alcohol can increase your tendency to grind your teeth during your sleep. It can also cause oral cancers, and people who drink a lot of wine may have teeth discoloration due to polyphenols (which are also found in tea).

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