Why are the drinking limits different if you’re a woman or a man?

Because of science. And mom always said life wasn’t fair.

Top 3 reasons why the guidelines are different for women and men:

  1. On average, women weigh less than men, and smaller people reach higher blood-alcohol levels than larger people.
  2. Kilogram for kilogram, women have less water in their bodies than men do – even if a woman and a man of the same weight drink an equal amount of alcohol, the woman’s blood-alcohol concentration will be higher.
  3. Women have less alcohol-metabolizing enzymes and digest alcohol in their stomach differently than men.
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