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What can cause alcohol intolerance?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
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In brief: Genes/Meds/Religion

Alcohol is metabolized by alcohol dehydrogenase.
This enzyme is found in all humans but varies depending on sex and race. People with low levels - young females and those of asian descent may have typical red flush when drinking. Medication interactions are another important reason for intolerance. However, in the western world religion is probably the leading cause of alcohol intolerance.

In brief: Genes/Meds/Religion

Alcohol is metabolized by alcohol dehydrogenase.
This enzyme is found in all humans but varies depending on sex and race. People with low levels - young females and those of asian descent may have typical red flush when drinking. Medication interactions are another important reason for intolerance. However, in the western world religion is probably the leading cause of alcohol intolerance.
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