Sensitivity to alcohol connected with alcoholism risk

An imperviousness to alcohol’s effects may not be so good

By Nathan Seppa, 17:38 PM May 21, 2009

Being able to drink your buddies under the table may garner grudging respect around the bar, but it bodes poorly for the long term. A new study finds that young men for whom alcohol has little effect face a greater risk of developing alcoholism later in life than those who readily feel alcohol’s effects.

Reporting online May 22 and in the September issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, scientists find that the added risk a man carries by being more resistant to alcohol’s e...

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