Research shows that some people are genetically predisposed to getting drunk more easily than others. About 10-20 percent of people are believed to have a specific gene that makes their liver break down alcohol faster, meaning that they feel drunk long before others do.
More facts about alcohol:
- Having an alcoholic parent almost quadruples a child's chance of becoming an alcoholic.
- Death from alcohol-related causes is most common among black adult males, though white adult males tend to drink more.
- Girls who start dieting early — when they're 10-13 years old — are more likely to abuse alcohol later in life than their peers.