New Bar? Your Alcohol Tolerance May Be Lower, Study Finds
Drinking alcohol inِ anِ unfamiliar place makesِ us lose ourِ inhibitions moreِ than drinking atِ the sameِ oldِ haunt, a newِ study says.
The results show thatِ people whoِ drank inِ a newِ setting wereِ halfِ asِ likely toِ stop themselvesِ fromِ giving anِ inappropriate response duringِ a computer task asِ people drinking inِ a familiar place.
That means thatِ tolerance isn’tِ portable, saidِ Mark Fillmore, a professor ofِ psychology atِ the University ofِ Kentucky.
Tolerance keeps impulses in check
To set upِ theِ experiment, researchers atِ the University ofِ Birmingham inِ England gave 24 students alcoholic drinks inِ one setting, forِ three drinking sessions, toِ familiarize themِ with drinking inِ that setting.
To test theirِ inhibitions, theِ students drank theِ alcoholic drink inِ one ofِ the settings.
While drinking, theyِ completed computer-based tasks designed toِ measure inhibitions — forِ example, words appeared onِ screen andِ students wereِ instructed toِ press a button wheneverِ a happy word appeared, butِ were told toِ hold backِ from pressing itِ when a sad word appeared.
What causes tolerance?
The study shows thatِ the amount ofِ alcohol inِ the central nervous system inِ not theِ sole determinant ofِ howِ impaired a person is, Fillmore said.
Our heightened tolerance inِ familiar settings mightِ beِ brought aboutِ by ourِ expectations, Fillmore explained.
When youِ drink inِ a certainِ setting, yourِ central nervous system begins toِ anticipate receiving alcohol wheneverِ you enter thatِ setting, soِ itِ might becomeِ hyperexcited andِ counter someِ ofِ alcohol’s effects.