Two for Him, One for Her

Why do doctors tell women to drink less than men? 

New Year’s Eve overindulgence is likely to remind many people this week of the virtues of moderation. In 2012, Brian Palmer and Dallas Jensen explained why many doctors define “moderation” as two drinks a day for men but only one for women. Watch the video below.

Medical guidelines generally suggest that healthy, moderate drinking is one drink a day for women and two for men. Why the disparity? The video above shows this particular recommendation hasn’t always been around—and doctors are still trying to figure out why women tolerate alcohol differently than men.

Correction, Dec. 29, 2014: This video mispronounces cirrhosis as psoriasis. The error remains in the video.