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Is our tolerance to alcohol linked to our metabolism?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 02, 2012 at 4:39 AM

Ever since I started eating Paleo (about 3 months now), I've been doing a lot of experimentation and observation and I've really gotten to know my body. I tried doing VLC... didn't feel so great on it. I feel a lot better when I have sweet potatoes a few times a week. And last night, for NYE, I had a party at my house and ended up drinking more than I intended (please spare me your looks of disappoint). But I had avoided alcohol for the entirety of the 3 months since going Paleo and I thought after maybe 1 or 2 drinks, I'd be done. But I had maybe 6 shots and a glass of champagne and I was totally fine and functional (albeit laughing uncontrollably). Honestly though, I used to drink much more heavily and often before and also rarely had any problems. I woke up today without a headache, I didn't feel bloated, didn't notice anything different, etc. I just wanna know that if my feeling better on moderate carbs plus my apparently high tolerance for alcohol are somehow linked? And if it has anything to do with anything: I'm Filipina, 21 yo, 5'3" and 105 lbs.

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Alcohol and fructose (as in high fructose corn syrup--about 20% of the calories in the SAD) both have to processed by the liver. Maybe the fact that you've been paleo for a while allowed your liver to heal. Or, maybe the fact that you weren't eating a lot of food at the party that was full of HFCS allowed your liver to concentrate on processing the alcohol instead of splitting its time between processing the alcohol and HFCS.

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on January 02, 2012
at 07:57 AM

As carbs increase, so do glycogen stores and their associated water.

Alcohol is a small molecule and partitions into your body tissues. As you have more water with higher carbs, the alcohol becomes more dilute and blood/brain levels are lower.

This is the same reason men of the same bodyweight can drink more than women. Men have more lean body mass for the same weight than women, on average. More LBM = more water = more dilution.

Which is why people get hammered so easily when carb depleted.

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