Female alcoholism is much more terrible than male alcoholism - each of us has heard this statement at least once. But is it confirmed in practice?
Not so long ago, scientists from the University of Illinois conducted a study and found that alcohol is indeed at times more detrimental to women than men. More about this - in the material "Rambler".
Four years ago, a group of American and Australian researchers concluded that over the past century, female alcoholism has become as common as male alcoholism. With only one amendment: addiction in women develops faster and, in addition to this, causes more damage to the most important organs: liver, heart and brain. As scientists from the University of Kentucky concluded, it's all about estrogen: when the hormone is elevated, women drink more and get used to alcohol faster.
Illinois scientists, in turn, plunged deeper into the problem and conducted an experiment on mice. The experts began to solder female mice and in parallel took measurements of neuronal activity in a region of the brain called the ventral tegmental region.
In the course of the study, it turned out that if the estrogen receptors located on the surface of these neurons are active, then they will react violently to ethanol. But if you suppress them, then the craving of the mouse for alcohol will decrease by 30%.
In other words, the more actively female sex hormones affect the brain, the greater its passion for drinking. But as soon as the females were deprived of alcohol, they became depressed.
Roughly the same thing happens with a woman's body, and therefore scientists advise girls to carefully monitor their health and not to lean on alcohol.