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HHS HealthBeat (May 15, 2013)

Holding your liquor holds you at risk

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

So you can hold your liquor? You may think that puts you at less risk, but that’s not true. Yes, you may experience fewer side effects – the wrenching blackouts and hangovers.

But, researchers looked at data on drinking responses for more than 100 young adults, finding a clear line between high tolerance and heavy drinking.

Will Corbin is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University.

“In the long run, being able to hold your liquor is a risk factor for alcohol use disorders.”

The less severe is alcohol abuse.

Alcohol dependence, the more severe, includes things like withdrawal and being unable to control your drinking.

The study in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

Last revised: May 15, 2013