New research shows there are some significant differences in the way men and women decide when to drink, and how much

“It might not be a one solution fits all for every gender,” says Dr. Jennifer Reingle, an assistant professor at UT Health Sciences Center. “Women are more emotional copers, while men try to modify the problem.  They'll try to fix the problem.”

She says there aren’t very many studies available of heavy drinkers.

“We don't know very much about those people,” Dr. Reingle says.  “They're not usually eager to participate in studies, because they don't want to publicize their alcohol use.”

The study published in the June edition of the journal “Alcohol and Alcoholism” could direct doctors like Reingle on how to treat patients with drinking problems.