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Women and Alcohol

May 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Even in small amounts, alcohol affects women differently than men. In some ways, heavy drinking is much more risky for women than it is for men. As a rule, men weigh more than women, and, pound for pound, women have less water in their bodies than men. Therefore, a womans brain and other organs are exposed to more alcohol and to more of the toxic byproducts that result when the body breaks down and eliminates alcohol.

What is a drink?

A standard drink is:

– One 12-ounce bottle of beer or wine cooler

– One 5-ounce glass of wine

– 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits

Keep in mind that the alcohol content of different types of beer, wine, and distilled spirits can vary quite substantially.

Women and Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your baby grows inside you. Everything you eat and drink while you are pregnant affects your baby. Think about it. Everything you drink, your baby also drinks, so do not drink any alcohol when you are PG.

If you drink alcohol, your baby may have physical and behavioral problems that can last for the rest of his or her life. Children born with the most serious problems caused by alcohol have fetal alcohol syndrome.

Children with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome May:

– Be born small.

– Have problems eating and sleeping.

– Have problems seeing and hearing.

– Have trouble following directions and learning how to do simple things.

– Have trouble paying attention and learning in school.

– Need special teachers and schools.

– Have trouble getting along with others and controlling their behavior.

– Need medical care all their lives.

If you drank alcohol before you knew you were pregnant, stop drinking now. You will feel better, and your baby will have a good chance to be born healthy. Alcohol can hurt a baby even when you are only 1 or 2 months pregnant.

Do you have alcohol addiction? If you can’t stop drinking, get help. Search out holistic doctors that can treat you as a whole person to address all your physical and mental issues.

 

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