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Alcohol and gender directory

Alcohol abuse is a health issue for both men and women in the UK. Four in 10 men drink more than the daily unit guidelines, risking health issues from low energy and sexual problems, to heart disease and cancer. About 1 in 6 women may develop a health problem caused by alcohol. Risks range from weight gain and sleep issues, to fertility issues and breast cancer. Women are also at risk from alcohol-related date rape. Binge drinking is an issue for both genders. However, men have a higher tolerance for alcohol, because women are generally smaller and don’t process alcohol as well. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about alcohol and gender, the different ways alcohol affects men and women and much more.

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Drink affects people in many ways. From the sad drunk who always ends up crying in the loo, to the mad drunk who does the most ridiculous and inappropriate things.

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