“Holding Your Liquor” Holds a Warning

August 13th, 2014

To feel relatively unaffected by a given amount of alcohol—the ability to “hold your liquor”—is a source of pride for some people. For them, it takes quite a few drinks to get a buzz—and they show little effect even when others get groggy despite drinking at the same pace. Often people are unaware that this “low level of response” to alcohol doesn’t offer protection from alcohol problems, but instead, it’s a reason for caution. These individuals tend to drink more, socialize with people who drink a lot, and develop a tolerance to alcohol. Many studies confirm that they have an increased risk for alcohol use disorders (AUDs). The good news is, if these individuals become aware of the risk and drink only in moderation, they can avoid harm.

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