The effects of alcohol consumption on the body are well-known, and it is no surprise that both men and women experience negative consequences from drinking. However, there are certain dangers to consider when it comes to women and alcohol consumption that differ from those of men. If you or a loved one are seeking alcohol addiction treatment, contact Grace Counseling today at 844.564.0712. We help treat the effects of alcohol on females, so they can live the life they deserve.
How Does Alcohol Affect Women’s Bodies?
Women typically have lower levels of certain enzymes that break down alcohol and other substances in the body, making them more vulnerable to the effects of drinking than men. This means that women are at a higher risk for developing an addiction or dependence on alcohol, as well as long-term. Women also tend to become intoxicated more quickly than men and can experience more dangerous levels of blood alcohol concentration when drinking the same amount.
Other short-term effects of alcohol on females include:
- Impaired judgment
- Lowered inhibitions
- Memory loss
- Slowed reaction time
- Uncoordinated movements
For women, the dangers of alcohol consumption can come in many forms. It is important to be aware of how much you are drinking and talk with your doctor about any risks associated with alcohol.
Long-Term Effects of Alcohol on Females
Alcohol consumption for females can be dangerous and devasting. The following are some of the long-term effects of alcohol on women:
Increases Risk of Breast Cancer
Studies have shown that regular and heavy drinking increases the risk of breast cancer in women by up to 30%. This is because alcohol can increase estrogen levels in the body, leading to an increased risk of certain types of cancer.
Weakened Immune System
Alcohol weakens the immune system, which makes women more susceptible to illnesses like colds and flu. Additionally, the weakened immune system can make it difficult for a woman’s body to fight off other viral or bacterial infections.
Women who consume large amounts of alcohol are at a greater risk for developing osteoporosis due to calcium deficiency caused by too much drinking. Additionally, heavy drinking has been linked to an increased risk for fractures due to decreased bone density as a result of excessive alcohol consumption.
Excessive drinking can lead to fatty liver disease, cirrhosis, and other serious liver issues in females as well as males. The damage caused by alcoholism can be especially dangerous for females since their bodies generally contain less water than males, so they become intoxicated faster and more efficiently with less alcohol intake than males do.
Alcohol affects the heart differently depending on whether you are male or female; however, both genders suffer from an increased risk of heart disease with excessive drinking habits. Specifically for females, long-term use or binge drinking can lead to higher blood pressure levels, which can strain your heart over time, leading to serious cardiovascular issues such as stroke or heart attack if not treated appropriately with lifestyle changes and medications prescribed by a doctor when necessary.
There are several ways in which alcohol contributes towards weight gain in females. This is because it is high in calories itself but also because it increases appetite, resulting in unhealthy snacking habits as well as reducing your self-control when it comes to making healthier food choices throughout the day -all leading towards weight gain over time.
Depression and Anxiety
Not only does alcohol consumption increase feelings of depression and anxiety short-term, but long-term use has been linked with an increased risk for depression and anxiety disorders in both genders. However, studies have found this effect may be particularly pronounced among females.
Women who drink excessively may experience irregular menstrual cycles or even complete cessation (amenorrhea). This is due largely to hormonal imbalances caused by excessive alcohol intake disrupting normal hormone production and release within the body resulting in reduced fertility and other gynecological conditions such as endometriosis.
Heal From the Effects of Alcohol on Females at Grace Counseling
There are many adverse side effects associated with excessive alcohol consumption among females, ranging from physical health concerns such as liver damage and increased risk of cancer to psychological issues and hormonal imbalances. If you feel like you need help managing your relationship with alcohol, please reach out to Grace Counseling today at 844.564.0712. Our team is here for you.