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15 percent of women lie to doc about drinking

July 2, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you like to relax with a couple glasses of wine after work, you may be over doing it. U.S. dietary guidelines for women set one drink a day as the limit, yet 13 percent consume more than one on a daily basis.And an online survey shows 15 percent of women lie to their doctors about how much they drink, which could pose problems when your doctor prescribes certain medications. Mixing Tylenol with booze can cause liver damage, and an alcohol-Aspirin combo can trigger internal bleeding.

Statistics show one-in-two people lie because they don't want to be judged. But fibbing hurts you in other ways.

As a rule, men have more water in their bodies, meaning alcohol dilutes faster. Women have less water in their bodies, meaning alcohol dilutes slower, which makes the impact stronger and exposes a woman's organs to more toxicity.

According to the National Institutes of Health, research suggests that as little as one drink per day can raise the risk of breast cancer in some women. Those most at-risk include post-menopausal women or those who have a family history of breast cancer.