In the previous article on Reducing Your Alcohol Craving, there was a questionnaire regarding people's genetic and family backgrounds and their mental and physical responses to alcohol. In this article, we are going to help you determine why your body reacts the way that it does to alcohol. Hopefully, this allows you to take back some control over your life.
Record your chosen answers and match them to the alcohol biological types below. Most people some traits from each category, but you should find most of your answers in one area.
1. Normal Drinker or Nonalcoholic Chemistry
A1 A few drinks calm you and make you feel drowsy.
B1 You probably have no vivid memory of your first drinking experience.
C1 You keep your drinking light and your hangovers rare.
D1 Your drinking limit is two to four drinks at a time.
2. Alcohol-Intolerant or Nonalcoholic Chemistry
A2 Alcohol makes you ill.
B3, B4 Your first drinking experience made you ill. You do not like the taste of alcohol.
C6 You can often feel even small amounts of alcohol on the following day.
D5 You generally do not drink due to the taste and effects.
E8 Your family may be of Oriental origin and you might be only equipped with one alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme in your liver.
F1, F10 Alcohol makes you drowsy, but has no effect on your personality.
G1 You have no ability to handle lots of alcohol.
3. Hypoglycemic Nonalcoholic Chemistry (Often labeled as alcoholic)
A2 Even small amounts of alcohol make you feel spaced out and uncoordinated.
A8 If you are female and hypoglycemic, you will crave alcohol during premenstrual periods. Alcohol can temporarily raise your glucose metabolism.
B1 You probably cannot recall your first drinking experience.
C6 You probably get hangovers from moderate drinking due to the outpouring of insulin. This mild insulin shock can give symptoms of confusion, fatigue, depression and irritability.
D8 As a female, your craving for alcohol increases before your period.
E1 None of your family has a history of heavy drinking. Or...
E7 A few drinks make you feel spacey and a close relative is a heavy drinker.
F1 You may be the type of hypoglycemic who becomes light headed and sleepy when they drink.
G1 You have a low alcohol tolerance.
4. THIQ/ADH Alcoholic Chemistry
A4 Alcohol give you tremendous energy and performance. Or
A6 Alcohol used to give you a boost, but now it just steadiness your nerves.
A9 You need several drinks to get feeling good.
A10 Alcohol stimulates your endorphins. But this will inhibit the natural production of these opiates. Depression can result. Drinking only temporarily reduces your depression.
B2 You enjoyed your first alcohol experience. It did not make you ill.
C3, C5 You rarely got hangovers in your early days of drinking, but liver damage has changed your tolerance.
D7 You handle lots of alcohol well and still possess a strong, compulsive Type-A personality. You can get by with very little sleep.
G3 You have been able to increase your tolerance for alcohol. Or...
G4 Your alcohol tolerance has declined over the years.
5. Addicted/Allergic Alcoholic Chemistry
A5 Alcohol will give you a boost at first, but then you usually lose control or drink until you are drunk.
B3 You probably remember getting sick from your first drink of alcohol. Your body naturally rejects alcohol. Repeated use has forced your body to accommodate and adapt the alcohol. You now have an allergy-addiction.
C2 Heavy drinking gives you bad hangovers due to the high allergic reaction to the toxicity of alcohol.
C4 You usually feel depressed after a night of heavy drinking.
D3 Alcohol alters your brain's ability to make choices. You cannot predict the amount that you drink.
D4 You can go long periods without drinking before you go on a binge.
D6 Being around chemical fumes like paint, gasoline, ink and formaldehyde can set off your cravings for alcohol.
E2 A close relative of yours drinks or drank heavily. Or...
F9 Alcohol triggers reactions in your allergic brain. When this happens, you often lose control over your bizarre or irrational behavior.
G5 You find it difficult to control the amount that you drink.
6. Linoleic Acid Deficient Chemistry
A7 You can temporarily relieve depression by drinking.
B2 Your first drinking experience brought relief from your depression.
C4 Your depression returns when you stop drinking.
D10 You drink frequently to prevent depression from returning.
E2 You have alcoholics in your family. Some may have been depressed and have committed suicide.
You should have consistent responses in one of the four or five categories. There may be some confusion between allergic/addicted and ADH/THIQ answers. Generally, if you are answering both biotypes, but are over 40 years of age and have had several decades of heavy drinking, you are the ADH/THIQ biotype due to the extensive immune system damage.