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Doctor insights on: Does Your Alcohol Tolerance Increase As You Age

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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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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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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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I rarely drink alcohol, but if i do, even 2 drinks, i get bad bilateral hip pain. I always have soreness but beer increases the pain. Age 36 female. ?

I rarely drink alcohol, but if i do, even 2 drinks, i get bad bilateral hip pain. I always have soreness but beer increases the pain. Age 36 female. ?

See details: Are you certain it is hip pain? If the pain is in the back or buttocks, it is not hip. It may be related to abdominal causes in that case. Stop drinking. See a doctor and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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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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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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