Alcohol Tolerance

What Causes Alcohol Intolerance?

Alcohol intolerance can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose alcohol intolerance, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "alcohol intolerance" as a symptom.  Here are two possibilities:
  • Liver Congestion
  • Epstein-Barr Virus

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
forgetting dreams
allergy to chemicals
severe right lumbar pain
dark areas under eyes
reduced mental clarity
very pale stools
current exposure to solvents
regular episodes of diarrhea
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
anal itching
occasional sore throats
chronic diarrhea
... and more than 60 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of alcohol intolerance:
Cause Probability Status
Epstein-Barr Virus 96% Confirm
Liver Congestion 66% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Liquid Intake section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about alcohol tolerance:
What is your alcohol tolerance?
Possible responses:
→ Very easily intoxicated (a couple of sips does it)
→ I am easily intoxicated
→ Average / I don't drink / don't know
→ I am quite tolerant
→ Very tolerant (I can drink all night)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either low tolerance for alcohol or high tolerance for alcohol, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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