Medicine: Who Gets Drunk & Why

Drunkometers and other gizmos favored by highway police say that a man is drunk if his breath or blood shows a certain concentration of alcohol. But some men and women get reeling drunk on a couple of drinks while others can swig a fifth and not show it. Also, a man who has been putting away half a dozen highballs every evening for years without batting an eyelash may suddenly find himself getting the staggers after one cocktail. Why?

Some of the reasons, writes Dutch-born Psychiatrist Joost A. M. Meerloo in Postgraduate Medicine, are...

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