tolerate more alcohol

How to Tolerate More Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages are offered in many private and professional situations – cocktail parties, happy hours, weddings, family dinners or at dinner meetings. A drink or two can often break the ice or ease a tense atmosphere. If you find yourself in situations where it’s important to responsibly have a drink or two, you may want to safely increase your alcohol tolerance.

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Know the difference between alcohol tolerance and addiction.

Even if there is a relationship between the two, it is not the same. A person can increase their alcohol tolerance without becoming addicted, although too much alcohol tolerance probably means you’re addicted too. Tolerance means that your body adjusts to consuming a certain amount of alcohol, even amounts such as a beer or a glass of wine. Addiction means you use alcohol constantly and compulsively and need it to function. This is a dangerous stage that you want to avoid. If your alcohol tolerance gets too high, it’s probably a sign that you’re addicted, which can be dangerous not only for you, but for those around you as well.

Find out your current alcohol tolerance.

Before you start increasing your consumption, assess your current tolerance. This will help you figure out the safest way to drink more alcohol. For example, your tolerance is comparatively low if you don’t normally drink alcohol or have a drink or two once a week. If you have two drinks five days a week, your tolerance will be correspondingly higher.

Slowly consume more alcohol safely and responsibly.

The easiest way to increase your alcohol tolerance is to drink more of it. You want to do this without harming yourself or anyone else. It’s important to realize that drinking alcohol is never without risk, and your normal functioning can be affected without you feeling the effects of the alcohol. take it slow For example, drink just one more drink than you normally would. If you never drink, start with one or even half an alcoholic drink. If you usually drink a glass of wine or alcohol, drink a glass and a half or two. This will ensure you don’t consume too much alcohol as you increase your tolerance. Drink a glass of water between drinks so you can drink them slowly.

Stay within reasonable drinking guidelines.

Remember, you increase your tolerance and avoid dependency. By consuming alcohol within sensible guidelines, you are less likely to become dependent or harm yourself. It’s important to remember that tolerance can lead to addiction. If you have or are developing a high tolerance and don’t feel drunk, you may still have impaired judgment, hurt yourself, or make risky decisions. For this reason, staying within sensible drinking guidelines is very important. Alcohol units are based on the alcohol content of a drink and the amount of alcohol consumed. A unit of alcohol is 10 ml of pure alcohol. Because most alcoholic beverages are not pure alcohol, the percentage of alcohol in the beverage is a factor in a unit number. For reference, a bottle of wine has nine to ten units. For example, a large beer with 4% alcohol has 2.3 units. If you prefer spirits such as scotch, a single 25ml scotch is a unit. Or maybe you prefer wine; in this case a 175 ml glass has 2.3 units. The guidelines for sensible drinking recommend no more than two to three units of alcohol per day for women. This equates to about one beer or glass of wine a day, or two to three individual spirits. The guidelines for sensible drinking recommend no more than three to four units of alcohol a day for men. This equates to about one to two beers or glasses of wine or three to four spirits a day.

Know when to stop.

As your alcohol tolerance increases, it can be difficult to figure out when you’ve been drinking too much. Making sure you know how much you’ve been drinking will help you avoid getting drunk, alcohol poisoning, or possibly worse. Even if you don’t feel drunk, you may still have had enough to impair your judgment, make risky decisions, or even harm yourself or others.

Do alcohol-free days every week.

Having at least two alcohol-free days a week is a good idea. This will help keep you from becoming addicted to alcohol and allow your body to recover from previous consumption. Finding that you can’t go a day without alcohol is a sign that you are addicted. If this is the case, seek professional help.

Know the dangers of alcohol consumption.

Every time you consume an alcoholic beverage, you risk harming your body. The only risk-free alcohol consumption is not drinking, and the more you drink, the greater your risk. Tolerance does not protect you from the dangers of alcohol. In the short term, alcohol consumption can cause health problems: weight gain, depression, skin problems, and memory loss. In the long term, alcohol consumption can lead to health problems: high blood pressure, chronic liver disease and breast cancer.

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Understand how different physical factors affect tolerance.

How well a person tolerates alcohol is influenced by several factors, some of which are controllable. Your gender, body type, weight, medication intake, diet, and fatigue are just a few of the elements that affect your alcohol tolerance. Women, who generally have more body fat and less water in their blood, tolerate less than men. This is because they don’t have enough water in their blood to dilute the alcohol.

Control the controllable factors of alcohol tolerance.

While you can’t control elements like your gender when trying to increase your alcohol tolerance, controlling controllable factors like weight, fatigue, hydration, and food consumption can increase your tolerance.


An easy way to increase your tolerance is through weight gain. The more fat a body has, the faster it can absorb alcohol, increasing your tolerance level. If you want to gain weight, remember to do it safely—even five kilograms more help to increase your alcohol tolerance. But remember, like drinking alcohol, being overweight has risk factors. In combination, they can lead to high blood pressure, for example.

Eat something.

When you have food in your stomach, alcohol is absorbed more slowly, making the effects of alcohol less noticeable. Likewise, having an empty stomach reduces your tolerance. The size of your meal makes a difference. For example, eating a larger meal slows the absorption of alcohol into your blood, temporarily increasing your tolerance. The amount of time between eating and drinking alcohol also affects your tolerance. For example, your tolerance will be higher if you eat a large meal right before or during your alcohol consumption. If you eat a smaller meal and wait to drink, your tolerance will be correspondingly lower. Remember that eating only delays the absorption of alcohol into your system. You may not be able to consume more alcohol than usual, so it’s best to stay safe and not overdo it.

Make sure you’ve drunk enough water.

Consuming alcoholic beverages leads to decreased tolerance when you are dehydrated because you have less water in your blood to dilute the alcohol. For example, drink a glass of water before having an alcoholic beverage to make sure you’re somewhat hydrated. Drink a glass of water between each drink. This will help keep you hydrated and ensure you don’t consume more than sensible guidelines recommend.

Make sure you are rested and healthy.

When you are tired and/or sick, your body is less able to process and break down alcohol. Consider an alcohol-free day if you haven’t slept or are tired from work stress. This will help your body recover and ensure you don’t over-consume alcohol. If you are ill and taking medication, know that they can interact with alcohol by increasing its effects. If you’re sick, consider an alcohol-free day. This will help your body recover and ensure you don’t consume too much alcohol or have any negative reactions from the combination of drugs and alcohol.

Follow sensible drinking guidelines.

Even if you decide to increase your alcohol tolerance by controlling controllable factors like weight, fatigue, illness and diet, you still need to follow these guidelines. Doing this will help ensure that you are not harming yourself, including not becoming dependent on alcohol.


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Josh Morgan

Josh Morgan is CouponAnnie's Contributing Writer. He lives life on the cheap, but that doesn't mean a boring existence. Josh loves helping people focus on frugality without giving up the things they enjoy. When he's not getting deals, he's probably drawing or writing something amazing.