Alcohol Worse for Female Brains

‘Alcohol worse for female brains’ (BBC)

Women are far more vulnerable to alcohol-induced brain damage than men, scans have shown. CT pictures of the brains of more than 150 volunteers revealed how women come to more harm and quicker than men when they drink heavily. Scientists have suspected for some time that men might be more resilient to booze than women. The German research gives visible evidence of this.


Women who were heavy drinkers lost the same amount of brain volume as the drinking men, but over a much shorter period of alcohol dependence.

Lead author Professor Karl Mann said although men generally drink more alcohol, women probably develop alcohol dependence and adverse consequences more readily.

One presumes that the study controlled for body weight, muscle mass, amount of alcohol consumed, and other obvious factors. If so, an interesting finding, indeed.

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  1. Axel Kassel says:

    So, let us posit the Summers Corollary: Repeated attendance at laboratory staff parties will ultimately lead to fewer women in the tops rank of science institutions…

  2. McGehee says:

    Of course alcohol is worse for women’s brains than for men’s. When men get drunk, they may end up with a less attractive woman than they might want to be with were they sober.

    When women get drunk, they end up with a man.

    (Okay, that’s my politically correct stereotypical joke for this week…)

  3. Kathy K says:

    Good one, too, McGehee! (Chuckling…).