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is there such a thing as increased alcohol tolerance?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: Some have a high tolerance and can drink a lot without seeming intoxicated. Studies have shown that such people are the ones who can eventually develop alcoholism. Also, the more a person drinks, the higher his or her tolerance can become. Finally, certain folks may have a very low tolerance for alcohol and can hardly consume any at all without having adverse effects. Good question.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Alcohol: Sure. Some have high tolerance & are likely to develop dependence, others have low tolerance to even small amounts of alcohol consumed.

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