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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
I don't know if I can handle it, but I'm really sensitive to the taste of alcohol. Very "mild" drinks like cider taste really strongly alcoholic to me. Dunno if it's genetic, but it means I've never gotten drunk - I can't stand more than a few sips, and don't really see the point of those. DH will taste a wine and say "Try it, you'll like it, it's really sweet and smooth", and I'll take a sip and taste mouth-stripping bath-cleaner acrid fiery death. It's odd.
I'm the same way. I'm not sure if it really has to do with taste buds or enzymes or whatever. Or maybe it has to do with having a traumatic substance-abuse event in my family when I was 9 that scared the hell out of me. Even though I know rationally that it's ok to drink responsibly, I just can't do it. My parents can (and do) drink a lot and enjoy it and handle it just fine.
post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by MichaelsSahm View Post
You look in their recycling bins???
Uh, kinda hard to miss 10+ bottles of wine sitting at the end of someones driveway.
post #23 of 35
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Originally Posted by MichaelsSahm View Post
You look in their recycling bins???
oh great! now I'm a freak! no, I don't "look", but when I go running I go by their stuff on trash day and it's all just out there waiting to be taken.

Well, whatever the case may be I think that that IS a lot of wine whether you are French in FRance, Italian in Italy and normally drink wine with every dinner. I just don't think it's good health-wise, but that's just me.
post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
Uh, kinda hard to miss 10+ bottles of wine sitting at the end of someones driveway.
Thank you!
post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
that's my dad.

go figure!!! he's an asian too. he doesnt even reek of alcohol OR slur his words. however one time at a party they mixed his drinks without telling him (we were little) and he barely got home before throwing up. his one and only time throwing up. he's the only man i know who can drink 10 scotch whiskey's (his fav) in 2 hours and not even slur.
Consider how popular whisky is in Japan, nevermind sake - strong stuff! There are a lot of Asians with strong alcohol tolerance. Not all Asians lack alcohol dehydrogenase, so they tolerate alcohol without a problem. Others have built up their tolerance over time - a process known as enzyme induction. In the latter case, I think you have to drink regularly (not necessarily a lot) to maintain the tolerance, or you lose it.
post #26 of 35
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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post
Consider how popular whisky is in Japan, nevermind sake - strong stuff! There are a lot of Asians with strong alcohol tolerance. Not all Asians lack alcohol dehydrogenase, so they tolerate alcohol without a problem. Others have built up their tolerance over time - a process known as enzyme induction. In the latter case, I think you have to drink regularly (not necessarily a lot) to maintain the tolerance, or you lose it.
Not kind to the liver when your body is fooled with how much it can take in!
post #27 of 35
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Originally Posted by Essie View Post
oh great! now I'm a freak! no, I don't "look", but when I go running I go by their stuff on trash day and it's all just out there waiting to be taken.

Well, whatever the case may be I think that that IS a lot of wine whether you are French in FRance, Italian in Italy and normally drink wine with every dinner. I just don't think it's good health-wise, but that's just me.
I apologize! That wasn't very nice of me! Sorry!
post #28 of 35
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Originally Posted by ollyoxenfree View Post
Consider how popular whisky is in Japan, nevermind sake - strong stuff! There are a lot of Asians with strong alcohol tolerance. Not all Asians lack alcohol dehydrogenase, so they tolerate alcohol without a problem. Others have built up their tolerance over time - a process known as enzyme induction. In the latter case, I think you have to drink regularly (not necessarily a lot) to maintain the tolerance, or you lose it.
you know why it surprised me was because my dad is a social drinker and rarely drank. maybe 3 or 4 times a year. but when he did the spirits flowed and he dove in. i think he would have enjoyed a scotch every evening because he really enjoyed it. but he never did.

however he is the kind who never drank anything else. no sodas no juice.

so in a sense i find it funny. that we are on such different scale of things.
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post
Maybe we're just supertasters.
you are onto something here too.

there are people who lack a certain gene to taste things.

so while i can sit and eat a huge plate of steamed brussels sprouts for lunch others cant handle the taste of it. its coz they lack a specific gene that makes certain flavoured item taste different.

and i believe brussel sprout is one that is used to taste.
post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by MusicianDad View Post
As the first poster mentioned, some people lack the enzyme needed to digest alcohol and they can't tolerate it.

Then there are people like me, with a biological history of drinking (Irish ), who can drink most people under the table and walk away just fine including no hangover.
what he said
post #31 of 35
Interesting stuff. My family is mostly German - with a few other European countries in the mix. But a few of us get the red thing. It's funny because one of my brothers and I get it and we're the ones with the biggest tolerances, respectively, me for the gals, he for the guys. Now, I don't always get it, but most of the time I do, same with my bro. In fact people comment if I'm drinking and don't turn red, these days. ha
post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by *jeanine* View Post
yes and no

I can drink, and I can get drunk But if I have too much too fast, (which happens with sweet, yummy drinks,) I get serious pain in my stomach and I get really hot and red - for like ten minutes. It's never happened with beer or wine, but will happen with those "malt beverages" like hard lemonade or Smirnoff ones that taste like Jolly Ranchers, and with mixed drinks. I don't know if it's just that those go down really fast sometimes () and are higher in alcohol (although the malt beverages are lower than wine I tend to sip wine much slower), or if it's because of the sugar. I read on the internet that alcohol is converted from "A" to "B" to "C" (sorry, I don't feel like googling for the actual big words ), and I don't always have enough enzyme to keep up and get it all to "C", which gives me an excess of "B" which is what causes it. But I've only heard that from Dr Google, so I don't know how true it is. Sometimes I think I'd like to do a whole bunch of straight shots of something, to see if sugar is part of the problem. Sometimes. Kinda.
This exact same thing happens to me with "cheap alcohol" in very sugary mixes, usually cheap strawberry flavored drinks. Interestingly enough I am now type 1 diabetic, for that reason, and for the discomfort issue I don't ever drink those types of drinks.
post #33 of 35
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Originally Posted by MichaelsSahm View Post
I apologize! That wasn't very nice of me! Sorry!
Apology accepted.
post #34 of 35
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Originally Posted by Essie View Post
Apology accepted.
post #35 of 35
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Originally Posted by palmgal View Post
This exact same thing happens to me with "cheap alcohol" in very sugary mixes, usually cheap strawberry flavored drinks. Interestingly enough I am now type 1 diabetic, for that reason, and for the discomfort issue I don't ever drink those types of drinks.
So does it always happen with cheap sugary drinks, no matter the amount, or is it a too much/too fast kind of thing, combined with the cheap alcohol and sugar? Does it ever happen with other drinks? I had it happen with barleywine once. Sorry for all the questions, but I've never met anybody else who it happens to. And since, for me, it doesn't happen every time it's very difficult to figure out exactly what the triggers are, KWIM?
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