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Female drinkers face greater risks to their health from alcohol consumption

The increased associated with is not the same for men and women. A study that compared the amount of alcohol consumed and death from all causes among nearly 2.5 million women and men showed that the differences between the sexes became greater as increased, as described in an article in Journal of Women’s Health, a peer-reviewed publication from , , publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Women’s Health website.

In the article “Effect of Drinking on All-Cause Mortality in Women Compared with Men: A Meta-Analysis,” Chao Wang and coauthors, and Peking Union Medical Sciences (Beijing, China), modeled the relationship between the dose of alcohol consumed and the risk of death, comparing the results for drinkers versus non-drinkers and among male and female drinkers. Females had an increased rate of all-cause mortality conferred by drinking compared with males, especially in .

“While alcoholism is more common in men than women, female drinkers face greater risks to their health compared with male drinkers,” says Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women’s Health.


Effect of Drinking on All-Cause Mortality in Women Compared with Men: A Meta-Analysis WangChao, XueHaifeng, WangQianqian, HaoYongchen, LiDianjiang, GuDongfeng, and HuangJianfeng. Journal of Women’s Health. doi:10.1089/jwh.2013.4414.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News