Are Women More likely to Suffer from Alcohol Blues?

It is generally accepted that women are the more emotional sex but now research shows that they may be more emotional drinkers as well.

According to research conducted at the University of Southern Denmark, there are happy drinkers, miserable drinkers, tearful drinkers and even angry drinkers. And it could all be determined by your gender. Women have a tendency to be emotional after drinking than men.

The research shows that women and men react differently at the end of a booze filled night. Men tend to be happier after drinking all night while women peak at a certain point before they start getting emotional.

Researchers conducted the study on 230 high school students who were given alcohol and monitored to see how the alcohol content affected their mood.

This post from British website explains further:

FRANCE-AGRICULTURE-GASTRONOMY-WINE-HARVESTAnd your sex could well determine which you tend to be at the end of the night. Alcohol can put a smile on young men’s face all night – while ladies peak at a certain point before they get tired and emotional.

Researchers in Denmark threw a party for 230 high-school students to examine how their blood alcohol content affected their mood. The revellers, aged 15 to 20, were checked for their cheerfulness, sluggishness and how easily they were distracted.

Prof Marie Eliasen, of the University of Southern Denmark, said: ‘We found that low to moderate alcohol consumption is associated with increased cheerfulness among adolescents attending high-school parties. Extensive alcohol consumption leading to high BACs was associated with decreased cheerfulness among girls, while this was not found for boys.’


Researchers weren’t as clear on what the possible cause of these emotional differences between girls and boys could be but they speculated that it could be because boys may have been more exposed to alcohol in their lives and may have built up a higher tolerance to alcohol than girls which may translate to girls being more emotional.

According to the Professor responsible for the research, alcohol education needs to move away from the normal scare tactics which are often used, to a way of having fun without drinking excessively.

The post goes on to explain:

The different reactions could possibly be explained by binge-drinking boys who had built up a better tolerance to alcohol than girls.

Prof Eliasen said alcohol education should move away from scare tactics to promoting how to have fun without excessive drinking.

Although some students had trouble focusing, most had low to moderate alcohol levels in their blood. This could be used ‘to challenge the idea the majority of adolescents drink in excess’, Prof Eliasen added. Her findings will be published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.


This research is particularly relevant for parents of teenagers who wish to understand their children better and encourages them to teach their teens to drink moderately and responsibly rather than forcing them to abstain completely.