Patient Education Tip of the Month: Alcohol Awareness

Women and men react differently to alcohol. The chemical in our bodies that breaks down alcohol is less active in a woman’s body than it is in a man’s body. This means that more of the alcohol that a woman drinks enters her bloodstream, and a woman will become intoxicated more quickly when drinking the same amount as a man.

Drinking more than seven drinks a week or more than three drinks in a single day can put you at risk of alcohol-related problems. If you or someone you know has a drinking problem, seek help. Many treatment options are available.

For more information, read ACOG’s FAQ on Alcohol and Women



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