Hello SOTGC community,
Many of us have a complicated relationship with alcohol, specifically when it concerns our work and social lives. Alcohol brings people together both for work and pleasure, it can enhance the taste of food, and, when consumed in moderation, alcohol is associated with the treatment and/or prevention of cardiovascular disease. Many women are starting to question the risks of moderate drinking as alcohol becomes more available and socially acceptable in their personal and professional lives.
The number of women who describe themselves as “regular drinkers” has increased significantly over the last two decades. Part of this is a sign of parity between men and women in the workplace. Women are expected to work hard, play hard, and keep up. Unfortunately, if women regularly drink as much alcohol as their male cohorts, they suffer more toxic effects due to their female anatomy. Women carry a smaller percentage of water in their bodies compared with men. Alcohol gets dispersed in water throughout the body, and the less water there is relative to alcohol, the higher the alcohol concentration. A higher alcohol concentration results in more exposure to toxins.
If you have ever read through the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommendations for safe alcohol consumption, you might notice that the guidelines are different for men and women. Men are allowed one to two drinks per day, and women are limited to only one. Now you know why. It should also be noted that AHA recommendations for drinking are not universal. In Europe and other parts of the world alcohol guidelines are much more lenient than the AHA recommendations but still allow men more alcohol than women. Since we are not exactly sure how much is too much, our relationship with alcohol continues to be a complicated one.
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