Can women recognise their drinking limit better than men?

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A new research implemented by Glasgow Caledonian University has come up with a discovery that women usually surpass men when it comes to knowing their limits. The research indicates that as long as they reach a certain level of drunkenness, they will stop drinking in order to remain in the controllable zone.

“Staying in the Zone but Not Passing the Point of No return: Drinking in Mid-life”, which is the title of the survey, was conducted aiming to bright to light how men and women at their middle-ages experience alcohol. The study was undertaken by holding group discussions with men and women with ages ranging from 30 to 50. In fact, according to the study, it’s not that men aren’t able to realize whether they should stop drinking or not, but it’s about their inability of unwillingness to consider it.

Unlike men, women generally have more reasons to take control of their intoxication, such as their responsibility and the so-called “throwing and catching” role of taking care of family and being a good employee, or simply as a means to avoid creating an ungainly image of an unconscious drunken woman.

The research is also supposed to be an opportunity to understand the sensations, emotions and feelings experienced by middle-aged alcohol consumers. We all know the effects of alcohol from experience, and this study has quantified and qualified those associated emotions into a concise description familiar to many.

When being questioned how they are able to control the amount they drink to avoid falling into the state of no returning, the participants said that they keep track of the changes in their bodies instead of counting the units of alcohol.

One of the benefits drawn from this research is that “Health promotion could build on our findings by focusing on ‘sobering moments’. As long as people can keep track of their state of mind and know when to slow down or postpone drinking, they will be able to avoid the point of no return when it’s consequential, undesirable outcomes, such as; hangovers, vomiting and blackouts, or possibly even the long-term adverse effects to health.

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