Medicine: Capsules, Jan. 19, 1976

> One of the more common bits of folklore about American Indians is that they are less able than whites to hold their liquor because of an inherited intolerance for alcohol. Now two medical researchers at a Phoenix, Ariz., branch of the National Institutes of Health and the Indiana University School of Medicine have challenged that belief. Using 30 Indian and 30 white volunteers as test subjects, Drs. Lynn J. Bennion and Ting-Kai Li let each slowly down a 3-oz. jigger of 50% ethanol, the form of alcohol in liquor. After a lapse of 90 minutes to allow total absorption of...

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