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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Tolerance Race

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Do different race have different alcohol tolerances?

Do different race have different alcohol tolerances?

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. ...Read more

Tolerance (Definition)

When one takes a drug, such as heroin or alcohol, repeatedly, 'tolerance' develops because more of the drug is needed to give the same effect on the body/brain; e.g. Liver enzymes r stimulated to metabolize the drug faster and faster. There may be a strong genetic predisposition to addiction, some studies suggesting that 1 of 10 people will become dependent on alcohol or some ...Read more


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Is there such a thing as increased alcohol tolerance?

Is there such a thing as increased alcohol tolerance?

Alcohol: Sure. Some have high tolerance & are likely to develop dependence, others have low tolerance to even small amounts of alcohol consumed. ...Read more

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Does your alcohol tolerance level decrease as you age?

Does your alcohol tolerance level decrease as you age?

Not with age: Tolerance for any drug increases as you take more of it. The reason why old alcoholics can drink more is because they have spent far too many years drinking too much. Tolerance is not a good thing. It forces you to drink more and more, causing more and more damage to your body in the process. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have diminished alcohol tolerance as you've aged?

Is it possible to have diminished alcohol tolerance as you've aged?

Possibly: especially if you have been a heavy drinker and your liver is no longer functioning as well. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high tolerance wrt alcohol and immunity to effects of alcohol?

What is the difference between high tolerance wrt alcohol and immunity to effects of alcohol?

Semantics?: "high tolerance" meaning can drink a lot and not appear intoxicated? (not necessarily a good thing) usually implies chronic use or use of meds that affect metabolism of alcohol. "immunity to effects" meaning no tissue or organ damage to liver, stomach, heart, pancreas, brain, nervous system, etc.? Means
relatively protected by genes, luck, diet, or just moderate intake (or less). ...Read more

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If i'm anaemic would this affect my tolerance to alcohol ?

If i'm anaemic would this affect my tolerance to alcohol ?

Anemic/Alcohol: Depends on type & severity of the anemia & if liver is involved & to what extent. Consult your primary care doc. ...Read more

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How long does it take for body to get lower tolerance to alcohol?

How long does it take for body to get lower tolerance to alcohol?

Alcohol Intake: It varies on how your fast your liver metabolizes and your kidneys excrete it. You should only drink moderately.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/basics/nutrition-basics/hlv-20049477 ...Read more

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Relative has a low tolerance for alcohol. 2-3 drinks --> drunk & nasty. The effects can last up to +24hrs. Something else going on?

Relative has a low tolerance for alcohol.  2-3 drinks --> drunk & nasty.  The effects can last up to +24hrs.  Something else going on?

Alcohol tolerance: Usually there are other factors in play, and something else is going on e.g. taking drugs along with alcohol. ...Read more

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My alcohol tolerance is gone. Very suddenly. Two weeks ago I had average tolerance. Now one drink and I'm wasted. Is there something wrong with me?

My alcohol tolerance is gone. Very suddenly. Two weeks ago I had average tolerance. Now one drink and I'm wasted. Is there something wrong with me?

Etoh Tolerance: Have you started a new medication with potential drug - alcohol interaction? If one was a heavy drinker and liver damage occurred then tolerance could be reduced. Any illness that could be affecting liver? ...Read more

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Is tolerance for alcohol based on your genetics?

Partially it is.: Some people will naturally have a higher tolerence for alcohol, factors such as family history of alcoholism, certain ethnic groups may have a higher or lower tolerence. People do metabolize alcohol at different rates. Also people who tend to drink excessivly just become more tolerant to alcohols effects more than people who don't, becoming more tolerant is a risk factor for alcoholism. ...Read more

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How does HIV affect your body's tolerance to alcohol?

How does HIV affect your body's tolerance to alcohol?

HIV: Hiv infection by itself should not interfere in any way with tolerance to alcohol. Many patients with HIV disease also have hepatitis b and c, and the damage done to the liver through this and other HIV associated illnesses may affect the tolerance to alcohol. ...Read more

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Is there a scientific reason for me having a high tolerance to many drugs, and alcohol?

Is there a scientific reason for me having a high tolerance to many drugs, and alcohol?

YEP Genetics: It is well proven genetically that some people have a higher tolerance to drugs and their effects than others do. Thios is why the practice of medicine is as much art as it is science. ...Read more

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If I have a very low tolerance to alcohol-does that mean I have a poorly functioning liver?

If I have a very low tolerance to alcohol-does that mean I have a poorly functioning liver?

No: Some people are inordinately affected by alcohol, just as some are affected by tranquillizers or other medicines. Sometimes people who are very sensitive will look intoxicated after even a single drink, something called pathological intoxication. This sensitivity is from your brain and nervous system, nobody can explain it, and it is not likely anything to do with your liver. ...Read more

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Every time i consume alcohol i begin to feel sick really soon, in the past my tolerance was a lot higher. Is it possible i may be allergic to alcohol?

Alcohol Allergy: Yes, of course. You may also have damaged your liver and this needs to heal by avoiding completely any alcohol intake. You can definitely live without alcohol. Please choose to be healthy! ...Read more

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Does Mucinex (guaifenesin) lower alcohol tolerance?

Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin increases the sedative effects of alcohol, so less alcohol will make you feel more tired. ...Read more

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Does a head injury reduce your tolerance to alcohol?

Does a head injury reduce your tolerance to alcohol?

Increased risk: Alcohol can make it more risky for people with head injury since they may not be aware of body's warning signals. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a high tolerance for alcohol will cause prescription pain killers to not be very effective?

Yes.: There is a similarity in how the brain handles alcohol, tranquilizers, and pain medications; high tolerance to one is often associated with high tolerance for others. ...Read more

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Is a sudden change in tolerance for alcohol concerning. a single small glass of wine is making me slur and unsteady. no med change.

Is a sudden change in tolerance for alcohol concerning. a single small glass of wine is making me slur and unsteady. no med change.

Check with doctor: This is unusual but you would need to check with your doctor and definitely avoid any alcohol. Alcohol is cleared by the liver and your doctor needs to know what is happening and order some blood tests to make sure that your liver and kidneys are working properly. I would also avoid tylenol (acetaminophen) and medications like motrin or aleve until you check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

Is liver damage from alcohol linked to one's tolerance for alcohol? Would someone get drunk quicker with a damaged liver? Or the reverse?

It depends.: The liver uses an enzyme to metabolize alcohol. Initially, before liver disease begins, the liver can produce more of that enzyme with increasing alcohol consumption, allowing you to tolerate more alcohol. Once liver damage begins to occur, however, the liver is not able to make as much of that enzyme, and you may get drunk were quickly. If you have liver damage, you should drink no alcohol at all ...Read more

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It's almost like a subconscience urge, but i tend to crave alcohol before my period and have noticed that I have minimal tolerance for it.

It's almost like a subconscience urge, but i tend to crave alcohol before my period and have noticed that I have minimal tolerance for it.

Catching on - Good: Very good, on right track. Cravings are inherently far more (if not totally) mental, subconscious & related to associations formed from previous experiences. At the same time, that does not mean associations are always helpful or healthy, as you make reference to. Study the first portion of video: "science for smart people": human intelligence & pattern recognition. Confront memories, hx, reasons. ...Read more

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What causes SIBO, iron too high then suddenly too low, lost alcohol tolerance, weakness, tunnel vision standing up, lightened periods, memory probs?

Not enough info: many things can cause this . So work with your health care team. There is not enough info to help you from here, ...Read more

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One doctor on here called clonazepam "the pill version of alcohol". I have a huge benzo tolerance and clonazepam doesn't work for me no matter how much i take but alcohol still works. Why?

One doctor on here called clonazepam "the pill version of alcohol". I have a huge benzo tolerance and clonazepam doesn't work for me no matter how much i take but alcohol still works. Why?

WORKS?: Sounds like you have serious trouble with anxietyand/or depression, and you're looking for things outside you to change your feelings. That's a sign that you need therapy to help you deal with the causes. Maybe even detox first?
Definitely find a therapist to help. ...Read more

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What do you advise for heart races after drinking alcohol?

What do you advise for heart races after drinking alcohol?

Withdrawal?: If you drink a lot of alcohol then stop, you go through withdrawal and this can make the heart race. Answer is to drink less, and less often. Also, when you drink, eat something, this slows down the absorption. Good luck! ...Read more

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I m a professional bicycle racer. i have a habit to drink alcohol, once or two time a week. is it harmful?

I m a professional bicycle racer. i have a habit to drink alcohol, once or two time a week. 
is it harmful?

Only if you lose...: How much? I'm not aware of an studies suggesting harm from occasional alcohol consumption in athletes, assuming you don't get drunk before your race. Check out answer to your question at https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20150420050503AAAOpzI. Also http://www.active.com/cycling/articles/the-truth-about-alcohol-and-cycling & http://semiprocycling.com/alcohol-and-cycling-performance. ...Read more

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Why does my heart race after drinking alcohol?

Why does my heart race after drinking alcohol?

EtOH is a depressant: Our brain monitors&adjusts heart muscle rate&strength of contraction 20-30 times/second. After alcohol, many people express feelings kept hidden/controlled while sober. Brain control (thus also heart function) is highly influenced by feelings, including internalized history/memory/complex-associations. For some, Etoh greatly increases cardiac arrhythmias. Docs can't see causes; only end behaviors. ...Read more

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Why does caffeine put me to sleep, but alcohol makes my heart race at a resting rate of 135-150 BPM (and not from dehydration)?

Why does caffeine put me to sleep, but alcohol makes my heart race at a resting rate of 135-150 BPM (and not from dehydration)?

Autonomic n.s.: Alcohol is a sympathetic stimulant which can increase heart rate. But your recorded response is abnormaly high and suggests autonomic nervous system imbalance. At your age ... many medical conditions could be considered (i.e. hyperthyroidism, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, and more) ... but the overall suggestion is that the autonomic n.s. is abnormal. This could explain your caffeine also. ...Read more

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Feeling very sick to stomach after just one glass of wine or less. Heart also races. Doesn't seem to happen with other alcohols. Is this normal?

Feeling very sick to stomach after just one glass of wine or less. Heart also races. Doesn't seem to happen with other alcohols. Is this normal?

There can be: dietary "allergies" to chemical components in wines that are not present in other alcohols. Tannins and Sulfites are common reactants. Many patients have GI symptoms or headaches or even hives. This is not "abnormal" it is normal for you. You could evaluate this more extensively by seeing an allergist or just avoid wine. ...Read more