From the August 2010 magazine.

Alcoholism at Large: Neuro deficits linger in women

Although women are less likely than men to abuse alcohol, those who do suffer the same kinds of neuropsychological problems, such as impaired working memory and visuospatial abilities, as alcoholic men, according to research at Stanford University.

Researchers studied neuropsychological deficits in 43 alcoholic women who were sober, on average, for 3.6 months, and compared their performance to a non-alcoholic group. Like male alcoholics, the female alcoholics showed the greatest impairment in short-term (working) memory and visuospatial abilities.

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