WHY MOST WOMEN GONE WILD AFTER DRINKING MORE THAN ENOUGH WHITE WINE
May be the sweetness of the white wine makes women drink as fast as they drink soda and before they know it, it’s too late.
As for me, I don’t drink white wine if I have to drive because I will feel drowsy at the wheels.
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- Many women say they can no longer drink white wine
- They complain it makes them upset, aggressive and/or accident prone
- MailOnline set out to investigate possible reasons why
- Some experts suggest speed at which it’s drunk, others blame alcohol level
- Other theories include higher levels of sugar and sulphites in white wine
Many women say white wine in particular sends them ‘crazy’ or makes them irrationally upset
There was a time when an evening with friends was synonymous with a nice, chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (or four).
But as the years have rolled by, that crisp, glass of gooseberry-flavoured nectar has fallen out of favour.
‘No white wine for me – it sends me mental,’ is how it started. ‘Nor me,’ said another friend, and on it went.
In fact, over the last few years, nearly a dozen of my female friends have declared they can no longer drink what used to be our favourite tipple.
One was almost arrested, another broke her wrist and another very nearly got run over.
There are countless other tales of tears, tantrums and Tube journeys going disastrously wrong.
But what is it about the drink of choice for so many women that sends them doolally – or ‘psychotic’, as one friend confessed?
Is there something in the wine itself or is it the way we consume it that wreaks such havoc?
Firstly, different people react to alcohol in very different ways, Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to the charity Drinkaware.
‘Women react more quickly to alcohol,’ she explained. ‘If you’re a sturdy woman, you might think you can drink any scrawny man under the table – but don’t be fooled.
‘Even if a woman is the same size as a man, she will have more body fat and less body water.
‘Since alcohol is only distributed in body water, you’ll have a higher proportion of it in your bloodstream.’
This, she says, may be why women tend to suffer from worse hangovers.
Indeed, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbi found that not only do women get drunk faster, but their hangover symptoms were more severe – even though they drank the same amount as the men.
Then there’s eating on on an empty (or at least emptier than many a man’s) stomach, which one study likened to taking alcohol intravenously.
‘Drinking alcohol on an empty stomach means the alcohol is absorbed into your system quicker,’ said Dr Jarvis.
But what does seem to be key in the white wine situation is the speed at which it is drunk – and the volume of alcohol it contains.
Both Dr Jarvis, and Dr Arun Ghosh, a GP at the Spire Liverpool Hospital and ITV’s resident doctor, agree that women tend to drink more quickly.
‘White wine is a female drink – more women drink white wine even than red wine,’ Dr Ghosh told MailOnline.
‘If a woman orders a large 250ml glass, that’s a third of a bottle of, say, 13 per cent alcohol. And she can often drink that a lot quicker than a man drinking a pint (568ml) – which is also weaker in terms of volume of alcohol.
‘Whereas a man might take 30 minutes to drink a pint (which contains on average two units of alcohol), some women will drink a glass of wine (which could be up to three units) in 10-15 minutes,’ he added.
‘The strength of wine has also increased,’ GP Arun Ghosh told MaiOnline. Experts advise those who are worried about their consumption – and the effects – to cut down on glass size and the alcohol volume of wine
The effects of too much alcohol also manifest themselves in different ways.
‘Men tend to get more aggressive as they have more testosterone – but for women, alcohol can be more of a depressant, so they may cry.
‘However things are changing and young women are becoming equally as violent as men,’ he added.
While there appears to be no published research – or evidence – that white wine per se is the culprit for so many women becoming so intoxicated, theories abound.
One is that white wine contains more sulphites than red wine.
While sulphites are naturally found on grapes, small amounts of sulphur are added prior to fermentation as a preservative to keep the freshness and remove unwanted yeasts and bacteria.
However sulphites have been linked – anecdotally, at least – with ‘drinking blues’ and depression, as well as a host of other ailments from allergies to headaches.
White wine also contains up to 10 times more sugar than red, according to the Food Standards Agency.
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