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Does Your Tolerance Of Certain Types Of Alcohol Have To Do With Your Heritage

Does your tolerance of certain types of alcohol have to do with your heritage?

Tolerance is maybe a bad word to use, but I mainly mean how adapted your body is to the particular type. For instance, Northern Europeans have been drinking vodka for a long time, so wouldn't those of that descent be able to handle vodka better than a more tropical alcohol such as rum or tequila? Likewise, would vodka more negatively affect someone who's heritage is of Central American descent? I'm only basing this theory on the fact that I never get hangovers from vodka or whiskey but never fail to get an all day hangover from rum and moderate hangover from tequila. I never drink sugar mixers with any of the above. My heritage is Irish, German and Swedish. Think there is anything to it?

Is it possible to have a natural tolerance to alcohol?

I've just recently started drinking, F, 130 lbs, 5'7"
So maybe I'm a bit bigger than average.
I'm very athletic too.

I heard that some people can get completely wasted off of like 4 shots.

It takes me 5 to get just buzzed (40 proof). Wasted would take like 9.

I'm not trying to brag about how much I can drink, that's a guy thing. I actually hate it because then I end up spending a lot more money.

Anyway, since I've only been out drinking about 3 times, do I have a natural tolerance? Is that possible?

Since im irish and german will i have a higher tolerance of alcohol then my friends that are not?

i have never had any alcohol in my life since last week. but i had 7 beers before i would feel a thing. im 5'6 and 148 pounds so is 7 a lot for my first time

From personal experience, what is the alcohol culture in France like?

France has a very strong tradition and culture of alcohol production and consumption and, as pointed out in other answers, mostly wine, intricately connected to food and which consumption is spread throughout the day. There is nary a social, family, religious (not including Muslim ones of course) event, festivity, in France that does not include the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Whether it is for a simple “apéritif”, a christening, fiançailles, a wedding, funerals, celebration of any kind , for any reason, alcohol will be offered, consumed. Patterns of consumption and types of alcohol would vary as a function of very diverse factors: economics, social class, education, gender, demographics, geography, etc. New awareness related to health considerations has emerged, people exercise more, eat less, conversely new negative behavior such as binge drinking, particularly among the youth and increased alcoholic consumption among women is either on the increase or has become more visible.There is less social stigma attached to alcohol than in societies with, say, more puritan background, which led in some countries to prohibition, regulations with regard to public, visible drinking. Restrictions about dates and times of operation of public places where alcohol is served, state monopolies for its sale, display, open container laws, etc. do not exist in France.When you go and buy a bottle of liquor, it will be sold to you if you are of age i.e. 18 and above. The French believe that if you are old enough to cast a ballot or to join the military and be sent by the very people you have elected to kill or be killed, then you are certainly old enough to order a beer or buy a bottle of Cognac and it will not be handed over to you in a brown paper bag…

First time drinking/high tolerance?

im 16, it was the first time I drank (excessivly over 4, well i had 6 the night be4) About two weeks ago I went to a college party and I drank 8 beers in about a 90 minute stretch and I just felt drunk, i felt great was talkative, i only weigh 140, i wasnt that drunk, no sluring, i felt like i could of had 4 or 5 before id get sick. Im not a throw uppy person(havent thrown up since I was 4) then I woke up and had no hangover, felt perfectly fine. Are there any short term effects? also my therapist said "Wow, you have a really high tolerance" i didnt believe him because Ive seen my brother and his friend drink 14 beers each and they were perfectly fine. Also im not irish, but i am of scottish-german heritage. also i dont have any alcoholics in my dads side (scottish), but thier are a few distant ones in my mom's family. My parents dont drink much but they use to back in the day, why do i have a high tolerance?

What else are people with Irish heritage known for besides the consumption of large quantities of alcohol?

The creation of the hypodermic needle.A land shrouded in mystery to where some scholars still debate their origins.A rich mythology that has seemingly also been warped throughout the ages.The Book of Kells.The invention of Halloween/Samhain.The Induction Coil invention.Arguably, creating McDonalds (not exactly their greatest feat known to man. These people were only half Irish however).Inventing Bacon rashers.Their varying history behind certain land points (Hill of Tara, Connemara, Newgrange).Authors/Poets W. B. Yeats, Patrick Kavanagh, Bram Stoker, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.Invention of Colour Photography.The Ogham alphabet.Creation of Milk of Magnesia.Invention of the binaural Stethoscope.The Tattoo machine.Cohesion-Tension Theory which was also proven.Invention of Radiotherapy.Making Portable Defibrillators.Also the Ejection seat.Just a few things about the Irish, you also have the funny creation of flavoured crisps/chips.

India: How prevalent is the lactose tolerance gene in India?

Less than 18% of India have Lactose tolerance. The rest cannot absorb milk easily. Here is another fun fact: until the 20th century, most Indians didn't consume milk based beverages like this - Chai, Coffee, Boost, Horlicks.. all came as mass habits just in the past few decades. Traditionally Indians processed milk through fermentation to produce buttermilk, dahi, paneer, ghee and consume them as the lactose is broken in those things. The body can digest those and not the massive spread of milk-based beverages of the modern era. In the past, it was believed that most north Indians have lactose tolerance while most south Indians don't. A more recent research by a team from India, US, UK and Estonia found some startling new things. It was the most extensive study of its kind:Lactose Tolerance in the Indian Dairyland The final tally included almost 2,300 individuals from 105 different tribes and castes, five different language families, 22 of 28 states, and even one group from Nepal...only 18 percent of people in India are digesting milk, nobody else is This is one among the many researches that are helping dismantle the "Aryan Invasion Theory". If Indians moved from Europe/Central Asia less than 10,000 years ago [when the lactose tolerance appeared as a mutation] why are not more Indians lactose tolerant? The same finding provides an alternative theory:The finding suggests that the most common lactose tolerance mutation made a two-way migration out of the Middle East less than 10,000 years ago. While the mutation spread across Europe, another explorer must have brought the mutation eastward to India – likely traveling along the coast of the Persian Gulf where other pockets of the same mutation have been found,Now, the obvious question. Why don't more Indians know about their lactose intolerance:answer comes from how Indians prepare their milk – often fermenting it to use as yogurt or paneer, which breaks down the lactose within...I guarantee you that if you make most Indians drink a big glass of milk, they will not come back to you saying everyone in India drinks milk any moreGo to a 19th century Indian home and you would not be offered Tea or Coffee. Our elders knew that we cannot digest raw milk that way and used more of buttermilk and other processed milk derivatives that can be digested by most Indians.

Do Indian people drink alcohol?

Yes. It's common and widely available.Also in many smaller towns there's no age restrictions. I remember easily being under 10 when I used to go buy quarter's for my uncle. I used to get some chocolate money in return. That was in West Bengal.In Punjab where is belong from , its available in stores called Ahatas. It won't be wrong that here things are even a bit extreme, in movies , songs drinking and enjoying, also driving and drinking is shown.When I graduated from my Engineering degree I will say 90% of my friends we're drinking. I had to say no many times under pressure, but I never buckled under peer pressure(though next morning my friends would say they didn't do that). I used to be the designated driver.I am seen as a disappointment when people come to know that I am a Punjabi who doesn't drink.Couple of states like Gujarat and Bihar have it banned but it's available via Black Market.Home made Whiskey like Santras are in rampant production and widely consumed. sometimes these cause blindness and even death. These are famous with manual laborersCannibas Drinks and Rice Wines are also widely consumed.Most people start drinking in teenage though it can start as late as in 30's.Usually it was considered taboo for women to drink but that's also changing in newer generation.My dad says he will drink on my behalf also.

I'm 21 and have never had alcohol. I come from a family of alcoholics. Should I consider drinking with meals?

It depends on your motives.  Would you like to drink for the feeling or for the taste, or perhaps the desire to experience different wines with meals.  It sounds like you are saying you think that drinking "with meals" is a safeguard against alcoholism.  It isn't.  People who drink for the feeling will drink whether it is with meals or not.  People who would like social drinking for the taste, to fit in with the crowd, or just to have a variety of wines or liquors is quite understandable.  Just because your heritage carries a possible gene for alcoholism does not mean that you will become an alcoholic.  Alcoholism develops from social drinking that crosses an invisible line and becomes a problem.  If you drink and then it becomes a problem, you can probably stop, but having experience alcoholism in your family you know that some people cannot stop and that is the risk.