Alcohol tolerance vs. BAC
September 4, 2005 1:26 PM Subscribe
What is the relationship between alcohol tolerance and blood-alcohol concentration? Is there any?
posted by psmealey to science & nature (6 answers total)
I'm sure the answer is really simple, but I have often wondered. Alcoholics and habitual drinkers tend to need quite a bit more to drink than moderate consumers of alcohol to visibly show the effects of alcohol. What is going on here? Does having a tolerance to alcohol mean that the alcohol is actually being metabolized more quickly, or does it really mean that the effects of the alcohol are not as deeply felt? Or to put it another way, two 200lb men (one a heavy drinker, the other a light drinker), bothing having consumed four beers in 90 minutes show the same BAC, even though one might seem staggered and the other merely buzzed?