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Does your alcohol tolerance level decrease as you age?

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David Miller
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
David Miller
David Miller
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Dr. Janet Roberto
i have a patient who is 88 and can drink 2 vodka martinis and still walk and make sense! She weighs #115.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

The aging brain is more sensitive to alcohol, and decreases in the ability of the body to metabolize alcohol occurs with age as well.
In addition, older people often lose weight, and alcohol goes further in smaller people, as well as women where there is more body fat, with the alcohol concentrating in the body's water compartment.

In brief: Yes

The aging brain is more sensitive to alcohol, and decreases in the ability of the body to metabolize alcohol occurs with age as well.
In addition, older people often lose weight, and alcohol goes further in smaller people, as well as women where there is more body fat, with the alcohol concentrating in the body's water compartment.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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