What risks are women more prone to?Even in small amounts, alcohol affects women differently than men. In some ways, heavy drinking brings much more risk to women than to men. Drinking makes young women more vulnerable to sexual assault and unsafe, unplanned sex, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Heavy drinking also can increase risk for high blood pressure, stroke, certain types of cancer, violence, and suicide.
What can we women do?If you are over 21, what can you do to lower your risks when drinking? For us women, a good guideline is sticking to one drink per occasion and no more than seven drinks per week. Keep in mind that “low risk” is not “no risk.” It’s safest to avoid alcohol altogether if you are:
- taking medications that interact with alcohol
- managing a medical condition that can be made worse by drinking
- planning to drive a vehicle or operate machinery
- pregnant or trying to become pregnant