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Women More Likely to Suffer Alcohol-Related Injuries

Update Date: Nov 03, 2014 05:13 PM EST

Women are more likely than men to suffer injuries related to alcohol consumption, according to a new study.

After analyzing data of emergency department patients in 18 countries, researchers found that the risk of injury caused by acute alcohol consumption is significantly higher for women compared with men.

The study revealed that the risk of injury is similar for both men and women up to three "standard" drinks. However, the risk of injury increases more rapidly for women. The study revealed that women are twice as likely to suffer injuries at 15 drinks and three times more likely to suffer injuries at 30 drinks compared to men.

Researchers noted that women are always more likely to suffer violence-related injuries compared to other types of injuries. Violence-related injuries also have a steeper dose-response relationship compared to other types of injuries, suggesting that the risk of injury from violence increases mire rapidly with each unit of alcohol consumed.

The latest study involved over 13,000 injured patients from Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, India, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Sweden, and Switzerland. Researchers defined "standard" drink as one that equals less than a 350 ml glass of 5 percent ABV beer, a 150 ml glass of 12 percent ABV wine, or a 44 ml glass of 80-proof spirit, each of which contains approximately 18 ml of pure ethanol.

The findings are published in the journal Addiction

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