If you partake in alcohol for a long enough period, you may develop a tolerance to some of the effects of alcohol. When more time has passed, there is a chance you may drink the same amount you usually drink and not get the effects you are used to.
Alcohol tolerance leads to drinking an increased amount of alcohol to feel the effects of drinking. Even though you may feel as though drinking has not interfered with your ability to function or your behavior is a good thing, it can indicate problems in the future.
Developing a tolerance to alcohol can influence the way you behave and how you see the consequences of your actions. This tolerance can:
- Encourage you to increase alcohol consumption
- Depend more on alcohol
- Affect your performance of daily tasks
- Damage organs in the body
- Increase the negative effects of drugs and medications
- Render medications ineffective
- Increase the risk of developing alcoholism
Alcohol tolerance can develop in several ways. When an individual develops a tolerance to alcohol, they may not feel the same effects they used to feel when drinking the same amount. Alcohol tolerance can lead to many problems, and dangerous situations since the drinker feel competent enough to perform activities while intoxicated.
When you develop a functional tolerance to alcohol, the brain adapts to the disruption caused by alcohol. If you see someone that can drink a lot but does not show any signs of being drunk, they likely have developed an alcohol tolerance that allows them to drink more than the average person.
The higher the alcohol consumption of the individual, the more likely they are to develop a dependence on alcohol that can cause damage to the organs. Some drinkers may even develop a tolerance only to the unpleasant symptoms of drinking, such as nausea or dizziness while having no increased tolerance to the pleasure that consuming alcohol may cause them. This may sound good to an alcoholic, but this can cause individuals to drink even more. Some people may be in danger of getting behind the wheel while drunk because they have developed a tolerance to driving while under the influence.
Developing a tolerance to drinking causes users to be unaware of their current state of intoxication and can cause them to drink more and perform activities that should be avoided, such as driving a car.