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Having a Higher Alcohol Tolerance Than Others

by on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Alcohol tolerance is when your body has become so used to alcohol being in your body, you can no longer feel the effects unless you drink large amounts. You may have seen that there are those that feel tipsy after a few drinks and those who drink large amounts without feeling a buzz. By understanding how alcohol affects others, you will know to be careful when consuming alcoholic beverages.

The Role of Genetics and Gender in Alcohol Tolerance

Gender and body weight affect how much alcohol you can tolerate. Men are normally able to drink more than women before getting tipsy. The same could be said with large people compared to smaller people. According to Stanford University, a person who weighs 180lbs will have a lower blood alcohol concentration than a 140lb person who drank the same. Biological factors can include the enzymes that are involved in metabolizing alcohol or the varied effect on neurotransmitters in the brain. Some people are also deficient in aldehyde dehydrogenase which metabolizes alcohol. This can lead to your skin being flushed or increased hangover symptoms. Certain groups of people like Asians tend to have this enzyme deficiency. 

The Problems with Higher Alcohol Tolerance

Having a higher tolerance to alcohol can give a bad impression of how intoxicated someone is. You may think that you can drive your car or bike because you do not appear to be intoxicated, but you still need to take into consideration the amount of alcohol you consumed. Even if you drove to that bar or party, you are better off calling an Uber compared to endangering your health. It is also important to think about the effects you will feel after drinking such a large consumption. You can still be at risk for cirrhosis of the liver, neuropathy, brain disease, stomach cancer, or pancreatitis. 

Tolerance Leading to Dependence

Developing a tolerance to alcohol can lead to dependence. You may have gone to a concert one time and drank a huge can of alcohol and not have felt any of the effects. This can lead you to continue drinking that same amount and telling yourself that you will feel fine because of last time. The higher the tolerance, the more you increase your chances of alcoholism. Because your alcohol tolerance can lead to silent but negative consequences, it is important to go into treatment for alcoholism to avoid experiencing dependency. 

Located in Centennial, Colorado, Restoration Therapy works with patients who are struggling with addiction, intimacy disorders, and trauma who are seeking treatment. In order to offer patients a more holistic view on healthy sexuality, Restoration Therapy offers individualized and group therapy, workshops, psycho-educational classes, and more to restore the harm brought on by addiction and intimacy issues. For more information, please call us at (720) 446-6585 as we are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

About Kyle Beard

Chris Simon founded Restorations Therapy Center to help those struggling with sexual addiction to discover health and wholeness for themselves as well as for their marriage and family. The havoc addiction brings is not compartmentalized to one area of life, but influences marriage, family, work, friendship and more. Chris experienced the turmoil of addiction in his own life. Through his own recovery journey, he strives to help others in the throes of addiction to experience the freedom and joy he lives today. Chris received in Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health, working solely with individuals struggling with sexual addiction his entire career. He trained under Dr. Tom Olschner, a psychologist working with sexual addictions for over thirty years, gaining a breadth of experience and knowledge from a renown therapist. A Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) is the only certification in existence for sexual addiction recovery, which Chris has pursued with fervor. You can contact Chris via email at or telephone at (720) 446-6585

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