Health - Asian Alcohol Tolerance

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by blayze, May 23, 2004.

  1. blayze

    blayze Newbie

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    Hello all,


    I often find myself in social settings where drinking is pretty much mandatory. The problem I've always had is that after 1 or 2 drinks, I quickly turn tomato red, and my heart beats fast. When I drink beer, even after a few sips I find myself feeling very full and feel the need to burp. After 2 drinks I'll start feeling very drowsy and somewhat dizzy and usually throw up.


    Many of my asian friends have told me I should continue drinking because it will build up my tolerance and the problem will go away. However, I am afraid this is a genetic problem and regardless of how long I continue to drink it will always be this way. I've been drinking for 4 years now and although I've gotten just a *little* bit better from when I started, I dont feel any progress with regards to tolerance building.


    I guess my question is, should I bother trying to build my tolerance or is this a wasted effort? During the many times I've been sick, I've often decided to quit alcohol for good, but when I find myself in social settings again, I can't help it. I suppose it's because I've always thought I would build up tolerance but it doesnt seem to be happening. Now that I'm more educated on the topic, I've considered seriously quitting since I get no enjoyment out of alcohol whatsoever, and I only do it for social reasons. What are your thoughts? Thanks for the insight.


    Alex
     
  2. Alfa

    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Forget about the tolerance. Quit or reduce the amount. Does the same thing happen with all kinds of alcoholic drinks?
     
  3. blayze

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    actually yes, most of the symptoms happen with all alcoholic drinks. Except for the bloated feeling which is exclusive to beer.


    Alex
     
  4. drnick

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    why are you trying to drink more? Id be happy if i could get drunk that easy, its cheap!
     
  5. Insane Asian

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    hes not getting druk man hes getting sick. go to the doctor and check to see if you are allergic to alcohol (its possible my friend and his mom are allergic to it). that might be your problem
     
  6. blayze

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    Yeah,I don't get drunk at all, i just get the flush, start feeling hot, get the headache and either it passes or I throw up, I very rarely get drunk.


    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
  7. NukaCola

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    you can't drink, bear with it.
     
  8. davidBuster23

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    A doctor friend of mine once explained to me that there is an allergy to alcohol with the exact effects that blayze describes -- and it's present in an enormous proportion of the asian population. just an unlucky gene buddy. Many of my asian friends and colleagues have had the exact same problem.
     
  9. Alfa

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    If your body is fighting it like that, it is telling you there is something wrong. Don't fight your feelings, simply quit alcohol if you only do it for social reasons. Plenty ofmen and woman do not drink socially. You defineately shouldn't have to get sick to feel like you're socializing.
     
  11. blayze

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    thanks for all the input guys i really appreciate it.


    As for weed, my body just loves it, why do u ask?
     
  12. Guest

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    <blockquote> Originally posted by blayze on 13 June 2004<hr>


    thanks for all the input guys i really appreciate it.

    As for weed, my body just loves it, why do u ask?

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    oh man that last line was great.. as for weed my body just loves it.. lol ...nice... just was funny to me... sorry... lol good line tho... anyways ya you definately should drink man.. tolerance does not take anywhere near 4 years... somethings wrong... ull never enjoy it... so u definately shouldnt do it anymore... its pointless to do it.. anyways good luck man
     
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    i dont know about it being in the asian population because not one asian i know cant get drunk. my friend and his mom are black. it is prolly like any other allergy, it affects random people. if worst comes to worst just



    Stick to weed!
     
  15. blayze

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    hehe unfortunately weed isn't "socially acceptable" in most social circumstances due to issues of legality
     
  16. soer

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    i would never want to increase my tolerance .. that jus means more alcohol i hafta put into me and more $ i hafta spend on it .. if u wna make it appear like youre drinkin more to look cool with your friends, dilute your drink with water .. fill beer cans with water .. im sure you can think of more
     
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    <blockquote> Originally posted by soer on 03 October 2004<hr>


    i would never want to increase my tolerance .. that jus means more alcohol i hafta put into me and more $ i hafta spend on it .. if u wna make it appear like youre drinkin more to look cool with your friends, dilute your drink with water .. fill beer cans with water .. im sure you can think of more<hr></blockquote>

    LOL, and good advice soer.



    If I didn't know better I'ld suspect we're related. You're almost as much of a cheap-bastard as Me.



    Still, sound advice as with alcohol there's no benefit to overdoing it.
     
  18. FrankenChrist

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    Here's a little background info:



    It's all part of evolution. Many centuries back people died from polluted water all the time. If you had purified water, you wouldn't die. What could purify the water? Boiling.



    In Asia, people heated water for tea.



    In Europe, people boiled water for brewing beer, or drank alcoholic drinks with enough alcohol content to disinfect the fluid.



    So, Europeans developed a tolerance for alcohol.



    This post was inspired by a TV documentary. Chances are it was Richard Attenborough, former member of Monty Python.<img border="0" src= "smileys/smiley1.gif">
     
  19. adultswim

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    i also experiance this. it most likey genetic cause me and my cousins are allergic to alcohol we get very red as you do and get twice as drunk as everyoneelse does.its not a bad thing its cheaper and there is less liqued in your stomach.
     
  20. sauvage

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    I know a white guy who's allergic to alcohol (dont stop him drinking though)





    Attenborough did nature programmes and wasn't in the Python team.





    Blayze - If I were you I'd start driving, it's getting quite socially acceptable not to drink if you're driving and you'll be very popular with drunks wanting lifts.