What is Alcohol Tolerance
Alcohol Tolerance is when, after drinking enough alcohol over some time, you notice that you’re not experiencing the same effects as you used to. You don’t get the same buzz or the same high. This can lead to future problems.
To get the same feeling as you used to, you find yourself needing to drink more. And while you might think that this is not having any other effect on you, it is. The more you drink, the more the alcohol will start to affect your decision making, impairing your judgment. You’ll also find yourself drinking even more, and more. This can also cause severe reactions with medications and heighten the bad effects of any drugs you might be taking. And last, but certainly not least, organ damage can occur, especially to your liver. Even if you don’t realize it, this all leads down the road to alcohol dependence and alcoholism.
There is a kind of tolerance known as Functional Tolerance, which is when a person exhibits seemingly no effects from drinking a lot of alcohol. This is because their brain has experienced changes to maintain proper function and fight against the usual effects of intoxication. However, this tolerance also tends to convince the person that they can drink more, and drinking can lead to dependence and further damage.
There is also metabolic tolerance, which occurs when your liver works to eliminate alcohol from your body more quickly. But this can cause liver damage because it can drastically affect the way your body metabolizes other things, such as medication and drugs. When drugs and medicine don’t metabolize properly, it can negatively affect your liver in many ways. On the other hand, it can also lead to medications not working as well as they should, which is dangerous in its own right if you find yourself needing medication to deal with a severe illness.
It is important to look for signs of a person who has developed a strong tolerance for alcohol. It can be a sign of future medical issues to come, and that person should consider seeking treatment for possible alcohol use disorder.