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Do different race have different alcohol tolerances?

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Dr. Philip Gilly answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Yes there are ...: There are genetic differences in the levels of alcohol dehydrogenase enzymes. People with lower enzyme levels will be more sensitive to feeling the effects and side-effects of alcohol.

Answered 5/22/2017

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Dr. Ward Dean answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Yes: Asians (including American Indians) tend to have a deficiency of alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme that aids the body to metabolize alcohol. Consequently, alcohol tends to have greater effects on those who are genetically deficient in this enzyme.

Answered 10/6/2014

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