Women don't tolerate alcohol as well as men, and they start to have alcohol-related problems at lower drinking levels than men, Breslow explained.
She pointed out that on average, women weigh less than men, and have less water in their bodies than men do. "So, after a man and woman of the same weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the woman's blood alcohol concentration will tend to be higher, putting her at greater risk for harm," Breslow said.
She and other researchers studied drinking rates among a group of men and women 60 and older between 19.
They found that the number of women who binge-drink jumped about 4 percent a year, while the proportion of men who binge-drink remained fairly steady.
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) defines binge-drinking as the consumption of five drinks within a two-hour period for men, and four drinks for women.
“Increased drinking and binge-drinking can be a serious health problem for women,” said study author Rosalind Breslow, an epidemiologist at the NIAAA.
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Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for Social Housing Brad Hazzard said the new development of 20 apartments reaches out to some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“So, after a man and woman of the same weight drink the same amount of alcohol, the women’s blood alcohol concentration will tend to be higher, putting her at greater risk for harm,” Breslow noted.
Older single women – especially those with disabilities, mental illness, or who are domestic violence victims or widows – are at a higher risk of homelessness.
The 20 apartments are being built by the NSW Government’s Land and Housing Corporation and will be managed by the Women’s Housing Company, a community housing provider.
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