Alcohol affects everyone differently, but according to new research, the effects may be gender-specific.

Men that are alcoholics have been found to have more “diminished brain activity in areas responsible for emotional processing (limbic regions including the amygdala and hippocampus), as well as memory and social processing” than women with alcoholism.

Over 15 million adults have succumbed to alcoholism, but not much research has been done on how gender affects overall emotional processing. To study the differences in gender, researchers utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines to measure the variations in brain activity “between highly charged visual images and neutral images”.

Through the use of these images, it was found that the both genders have different levels of emotional processing, men suffering from greater negative consequences.

Reference: Boston University School of Medicine. (2019, April 30). Gender impacts brain activity in alcoholics, study finds: Research may lead to gender-specific treatment. ScienceDaily. Retrieved May 5, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190430111150.htm