Tolerance is a person’s ability to hide the signs of impairment. Usually, the more alcohol a person consumes, the more signs of impairment they exhibit. However, a person who drinks frequently or heavily may develop a high tolerance to alcohol, in which case they may not show the normal signs of impairment as quickly as other guests.
KEY FACT: Tolerance does not mean the guest is not intoxicated.
Chronic alcohol users can have twice the tolerance for alcohol as an average person.
Myths and Facts
Misinformation regarding alcohol is very common. Some common misconceptions are:
Myth – “I’m bigger. I can handle my drinks better.”
Fact – No one is immune to the effects of alcohol.
Myth – “I’m drinking light beer so I can drink more.”
Fact – Products such as light beer and wine coolers generally have nearly as much alcohol as their regular counterparts. They’re just lower in calories.
Myth – “I’m drinking beer and it contains less alcohol than liquor.”
Fact – Beer has the same amount of alcohol per standard serving as does wine or liquor.
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Slide 28: Tolerance