Why Are We More Accepting of a Drunk Man Than Of a Drunk Woman?

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couple drinkingBy Krystle Crossman

Men and women are different when it comes to a night out drinking. Men will most often describe themselves as “hammered” while women will state that they are “buzzed”. The question is…is there a difference or is it just a difference in language? Are the men really as intoxicated as they say they are? Are the women not as intoxicated as they are indicating?

A study that was published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research asked college women and men how they felt after they had some alcohol to drink. They found that men tended to exaggerate a bit about how drunk they actually were by using words such as “hammered” and “trashed” while women tended to downplay their feelings with words like “tipsy” and “buzzed” even if they were heavily intoxicated.

Ash Levitt, a research scientist for the Research Institute on Addictions and the University of Buffalo says that men and women process their level of intoxication based on cognitive and physical cues. These cues are then paired with terms such as tipsy and wasted and are used to judge just how intoxicated a person says they are.

Another study conducted in 2007,including 145 undergraduates from Midwestern University were asked to apply their drunken descriptors to a range of fictional vignettes of men and women.

It seems from these studies that women stating that they are just tipsy or buzzed isn’t just language, they feel that they are not as drunk as they actually are. This could put women at risk for alcohol related incidents such as alcohol poisoning and DUIs. Heavier terms are more accurate for the most part for what women are experiencing but they fail to use them.

Another reason why women tend to downplay their intoxication levels may be because they feel it is not acceptable for a woman to be drunk and men may feel the opposite, that it is macho to drink a lot.

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  1. All this can be traced all the way back to the unfairness of Men. Men need to straighten up and fly right what is good for the Goose is good for the Gander.Imagine that men did not give women the right to VOTE until the 19th Amendment.Now they are telling women what they should do with their boddies ain’t no body telling them what to do with their nasty penises, least of all women.And I am not Gay neither am a a Woman.I respect all women and I believe they are equal to me.They complement men.

  2. I dont really want to say this but correct me if I am wrong. I have never seen a woman Priest in the Catholic Church and I always wonder why women suppot a church like that with their money.I have never seem one in a Jewish Synegog either and I guess a bunch of other places where they discrimate against women.Women should not support any of them financially or even with they presence.Men would not like all that nonsense for themselves I bet you.

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