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Research has confirmed the observation that women become more impaired than men after drinking similar quantities of alcohol. In addition, women appear to be more vulnerable than men to alcohol's long-term health effects (e.g., alcoholic liver disease). The occurrence of chronic alcohol-related problems is significantly lower among women, however, perhaps in part because a smaller percent of women are heavy drinkers, compared to men.

Studies report adverse effects in men and women at even moderate drinking levels. Among those effects are disturbances of sensory information processing, short-term memory, reaction time, and eye-hand coordination. These deficits can impair the ability to drive a motor vehicle and may persist to the following day, hampering one's performance at work.

The potential influence of gender on the sensitive effects of alcohol is therefore of importance for the large number of women who are social drinkers.

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