Swartzwelder says that adolescents, especially, may be particularly vulnerable because they are less sedated by alcohol but tend to be more susceptible to other alcohol-related cognitive impairments than adults. "Adolescents are more likely to drink 10 beers in a row twice a week, while adults are more likely to have a drink or two every night," he says.
"If adolescents feel less sleepy after drinking, they may be more inclined to drive or do other things they shouldn't be doing.
But it may also be that the female brain is less sensitive to one of the main attractive effects of this drug." It is clear that when it comes to drinking alcohol, men and women are not created equal.
Women achieve higher concentrations of alcohol in the blood and become more impaired than men after drinking equivalent amounts of alcohol.
They found that brain cells from female rats promoted less activity in this region than cells from male rats.