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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Drinking Safely

For women who drink alcohol regularly, it is essential for them to drink safely. Compared to men, our bodies contain less water and more body fat which means alcohol reaches our liver more quickly and in higher concentrations. Besides getting drunk more quickly, women who drink are more prone to long-term damage to heart, liver, pancreas and nervous system.

According to Dr. Sarah Jarvis, hormones play a role as well. Women become even more vulnerable to the effects of alcohol around their period.

Drinking safely means to consume no more than 2 to 3 units a day and one unit is equal to 10 milliliters and don't drink when you're hungry. Binge drinking doubles the risk of stroke.

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