People with a family history of alcoholism may develop a tolerance to alcohol that causes them to drink more in order to feel the same effects, says a study from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
S.L. Morzorati, V. Ramchandani, L. Flury, T-K Li, S. O’Connor. “Alcohol Tolerance Associated With Family History.” Journal of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 14 August 2002. Indiana University. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/08/020814065654.htm
Why might this matter to you?
Well, if you have family members who are alcoholics, this could explain why your tolerance is so much higher than other people. This could also result in you drinking more in order to get a buzz.
And it’s often directly related to the fourth Early Warning Sign of Alcoholism: “You carry a supply of alcohol with you so you won’t be without it.”
In the study, subjects with a family history of alcoholism AT FIRST reported GREATER feelings of intoxication after receiving alcohol intravenously.
However, these same subjects adapted to the effects of alcohol until their perceptions of being intoxicated matched those of people without a family history of alcoholism. Basically, they developed what’s called an “acute tolerance” to alcohol.
How Can I Use This Information?
If you have a greater tolerance for alcohol than your friends and maybe you’ve even started to hide booze so you’re never without a bottle, your genetics may have helped contribute to this in the first place.
Some studies show that genetics can be a 50% indicator of alcoholism. The other 50% can be due to poor coping skills, according to a 1999 study.
As always, we’re here for you and with you all the way.
To your good health.