Women and Alcohol

For much of history and for a good part of alcohol-related research in the last century there has been practically a non-existent focus on how alcohol impacts women. Not only non-existent, but often explicitly excluding women from research, under a variety of bullshit excuses.​

That started to change in the 1970's when it was "discovered" that alcohol generated different moods in men and women. Men reported feeling increasingly aggressive and powerful as they drank, while women said they felt calmer, less inhibited, and more easy going. But this was just the tip of the iceberg. Subsequent studies have shown the following: that women are twice as susceptible to drinking-causing triggers such as clinical Anxiety and Depression; are twice as likely as men to “deal with” them by using alcohol; and are twice as likely to die from alcoholism than men.

Why? To start with, alcohol impacts females much more different physically than it does to men. Unfortunately much worse.

If You Are a Female

Why Does Alcohol Hit Women So Hard?

Women are affected by alcohol more rapidly because they tend to have a higher proportion of body fat than men. As fat cannot absorb alcohol, it is concentrated at higher levels in the blood. Women also have less of a gastric or stomach enzyme (dehydrogenase) that metabolizes or breaks down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream. Because of this, women absorb up to nearly 30% more alcohol into their bloodstream than men of the same height and weight who drink the same amount of alcohol. Women are also usually shorter and lighter than men, further concentrating alcohol in their blood. Therefore, when women of average size consume one drink, it will have almost the same effect as two drinks do for the average-size man. If women eat little or skip food entirely, that compounds the effects of drinking alcohol.

Women and Alcohol - Extra Hell For You​

Another 2-to-1 multiple! And the increased chances for hell just keep coming; women who abuse or are dependent on alcohol are more vulnerable than men to have or contract:

  • Liver disease. Women are more likely to contract alcoholic liver disease, such as hepatitis (an inflammation of the liver), and are more likely to die from liver cirrhosis (a chronic disease that progressively destroys the liver’s ability to aid in digestion and detoxification).
  • Brain damage. Women are more likely than men to suffer alcohol-induced brain damage, such as loss of mental function and reduced brain size.
  • Breast cancer. Alcohol may also raise a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer. Each additional 10 grams of alcohol (the amount in about one 4-oz glass of wine) per day raises the relative risk of developing breast cancer over a lifetime by about 10%.

​To put this in perspective: A woman’s overall lifetime risk of breast cancer is almost 9 in 100 if she drinks no alcohol. Two drinks per day increases the risk to just over 10 in 100, while six drinks a day ups her risk to about 13 in 100.

​Compared with women who don't drink or drink in moderation, women who drink heavily also have an increased risk of:

  • ​Osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones).
  • Falls and hip fractures.
  • Premature menopause.
  • Infertility and miscarriages.
  • High blood pressure and heart disease.[1]

​As you progress through the rest of this book and develop your new defenses against alcohol, it will be very beneficial to keep these increased risks in mind.


I'm sorry, but alcohol is much worse for you than it is for males. Physically, mentally, emotionally - the potential for damage is distinctly different for you, and in certain areas doubled. Among other things, you are twice as likely to die if you are abuse alcohol as a woman vs. male alcoholics.

We explore the latest research in this area, and draw on ground-breaking books and articles that deal specifically with alcohol-related issues and their relation to gender. Read More Below.