Why Does Alcohol Affect Everyone Differently?

Does alcohol affect everyone the same?

While every person is unique, all human bodies operate—basically—in the same way.

However, that doesn’t mean that we all experience the same effects from drinking the same amount of alcohol, and an expert from the Texas A&M College of Medicine explains why that is..

Does alcohol affect different races differently?

Different trajectories of drinking have been identified by ethnic group. According to the NESARC, more Native Americans (16.43 percent) and fewer Blacks (5.52 percent) and Asians (6.03 percent) report an early onset of drinking (i.e., before age 15) than Whites (7.07 percent) and Hispanics (7.93 percent) (NIAAA 2006).

Can alcohol affect you differently as you get older?

Alcohol may act differently in older people than in younger people. Some older people can feel “high” without increasing the amount of alcohol they drink. This “high” can make them more likely to have accidents, including falls and fractures and car crashes.

Can alcohol give you erectile dysfunction?

Alcohol is a depressant, and using it heavily can dampen mood, decrease sexual desire, and make it difficult for a man to achieve erections or reach an orgasm while under the influence. In fact, overdoing it on booze is a common cause of erectile dysfunction.

How can alcohol affect you mentally?

Alcohol can make the symptoms of mental health conditions worse. For example, depression and anxiety. Your mood can improve when you cut down or stop drinking. Using alcohol to manage social anxiety can prevent you from developing social and coping skills.