Does white wine really send women crazy? From tears to tantrums, MailOnline investigates why this particular drink causes such carnage

White wine also contains up to 10 times more sugar than red, according to the Food Standards Agency. Whereas red contains 0.2g sugar per 100ml, rose contains 2.5g per 100ml. Meanwhile dry white wine contains 0.6g and medium white wine 3g per 100ml

White wine also contains up to 10 times more sugar than red, according to the Food Standards Agency. Whereas red contains 0.2g sugar per 100ml, rose contains 2.5g per 100ml. Meanwhile dry white wine contains 0.6g and medium white wine 3g per 100ml

  • Many women say they can no longer drink white wine
  • They complain it makes them upset, aggressive and/or accident prone
  • MailOnline set out to investigate possible reasons why
  • Some experts suggest speed at which it’s drunk, others blame alcohol level
  • Other theories include higher levels of sugar and sulphites in white wine

There was a time when an evening with friends was synonymous with a nice, chilled bottle of Sauvignon Blanc (or four).

But as the years have rolled by, that crisp, glass of gooseberry-flavoured nectar has fallen out of favour.

‘No white wine for me – it sends me mental,’ is how it started. ‘Nor me,’ said another friend, and on it went.

In fact, over the last few years, nearly a dozen of my female friends have declared they can no longer drink what used to be our favourite tipple.

One was almost arrested, another broke her wrist and another very nearly got run over.

There are countless other tales of tears, tantrums and Tube journeys going disastrously wrong.

But what is it about the drink of choice for so many women that sends them doolally – or ‘psychotic’, as one friend confessed?

Is there something in the wine itself or is it the way we consume it that wreaks such havoc?

Firstly, different people react to alcohol in very different ways, Dr Sarah Jarvis, medical adviser to the charity Drinkaware.

‘Women react more quickly to alcohol,’ she explained. ‘If you’re a sturdy woman, you might think you can drink any scrawny man under the table – but don’t be fooled.

‘Even if a woman is the same size as a man, she will have more body fat and less body water.

‘Since alcohol is only distributed in body water, you’ll have a higher proportion of it in your bloodstream.’

This, she says, may be why women tend to suffer from worse hangovers.

Indeed, researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbi found that not only do women get drunk faster, but their hangover symptoms were more severe – even though they drank the same amount as the men.

Then there’s eating on on an empty (or at least emptier than many a man’s) stomach, which one study likened to taking alcohol intravenously.

'The strength of wine has also increased,' GP Arun Ghosh told MaiOnline. Experts advise those who are worried about their consumption - and the effects - to cut down on glass size and the alcohol volume of wine

‘The strength of wine has also increased,’ GP Arun Ghosh told MaiOnline. Experts advise those who are worried about their consumption – and the effects – to cut down on glass size and the alcohol volume of wine

INSIDE THE WINE BOTTLE

A large glass of 13% wine puts a woman over the government’s lower risk guidelines.

Another small glass (125ml) will put men over the guidelines too.

Wine is often consumed at dinner time alongside a meal but did you know that a large glass of 13% wine (250ml) can add 228 calories to your evening supper?

This is similar to a Cornetto ice cream or two fish fingers.

A standard glass of 13% red or white wine (175ml) could also contain up to 160 calories which is similar to a slice of Madeira cake.

Often when sharing wine, we assume we’re drinking less calories but a bottle of wine shared between two could mean you are consuming 340 calories each – that’s the equivalent of a pain au chocolat pastry each…

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2886075/Why-DOES-white-wine-send-women-crazy-tears-tantrums-MailOnline-investigates-particular-drink-causes-carnage.html#ixzz3NTjZOeZU
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