Alcohol Safety

Category - Intoxication

Generally speaking, which of the following groups needs to consume the least amount of alcohol to become intoxicated?
  1. Elderly men
  2. Elderly women
  3. Women in their 20s
  4. Men in their 20s
Answer: B - The group here that generally needs the least amount of alcohol to become intoxicated is elderly women.

Older adults as a whole become intoxicated more quickly than younger adults because of changes in hormones and tissue density. When it comes to gender, women become intoxicated more quickly because they metabolize alcohol at a slower rate than men and carry less water in their bodies (meaning alcohol lingers longer in the bloodstream and becomes more concentrated). This is why the recommended drinking limit is lower for women than it is for men.
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