Rumors and questions about alcohol: Will I get stronger at drinking if I keep drinking?

April 9, 2021

Rumors and questions about alcohol: Will I get stronger at drinking if I keep drinking?

In this article, I talk about superstitions related to alcohol. 

In Japan, alcohol has existed for quite a long time, as stories about it are frequently mentioned in Rakugo (comic storytelling) and Kabuki, and there were already drinkers in the Edo period who could not do without it.

Therefore, there are many superstitions and misinformation about alcohol.

In this chapter, I would like to explain some of the things you may be wondering about alcohol, as well as some of the things about alcohol that are not quite true.

Why can I go home even if I have lost my memory after drinking too much alcohol?

This is something I hear a lot among people who drink too much alcohol.

Some people say that humans have a “homing instinct” that allows us to instinctively reach home even when we are intoxicated.

Even if you drink too much and have no memory the next day, the fact is that even if you are intoxicated on the day you drank, you still have the judgment to reach home at that time, but as soon as you reach home and rest, your memory of the previous days will be blown away by oxidative stress.

Therefore, even if you are intoxicated from drinking too much alcohol, you can still make it home safely because you have the ability to make decisions, but after that, the memory of it disappears due to the effects of oxidative stress, so the next day after your intoxication, you end up saying, “I don’t know how I got home.

If I drink alcohol and throw it up, won’t I get drunk?

Some people think that if you drink alcohol and then put it back in, you will not get drunk.

It is true that some Roman aristocrats during the Roman era used to eat a large amount of food and drink for a long time during banquets, and in order to keep drinking, they would take out what was in their stomachs every hour during the banquet and continue the banquet again.

However, the absorption of alcohol is very fast.

For example, if you drink a glass of wine over the course of 30 minutes, most of the alcohol will be absorbed into your body immediately. Therefore, if you take out your stomach after an hour, the alcohol in your stomach will have already been absorbed.

Therefore, it is better for your body and your wallet to never do the act of drinking, putting it back in and drinking some more in order to continue drinking alcohol.

Is it true that drinking alcohol every day will make you stronger?

You often hear people say that drinking alcohol will train you and make you stronger if you continue to drink, but I think this is closer to the expression that drinking a certain amount of alcohol every day will make your body accustomed to metabolizing it, not that your body will train and become stronger.

It is not uncommon to find that when you first started drinking alcohol, you could only drink three glasses of wine, but after a few years of drinking, you were able to drink more than twice that amount of wine.

This may be due to the fact that the mitochondria’s ability to metabolize alcohol is strengthened by putting the burden of alcohol metabolism on them for a long period of time.

However, by no means does this mean that the older you get, the more alcohol you can drink, so please do not overdo it.

Can a person who could not drink alcohol become able to drink?

There are stories of people who could not drink alcohol at all, but by taking supplements, health supplements, or beverages, they were able to drink a little more.

Some people who cannot drink alcohol at all are unable to metabolize acetaldehyde at all. It is not possible for such people to be able to drink even gradually.

This is because people who cannot metabolize acetaldehyde at all have a constitution that causes them to flop down after consuming any small amount of alcohol.

On the other hand, people who are able to drink alcohol by taking supplements, dietary supplements or beverages are those who are partially unable to metabolize acetaldehyde.

In this case, the acetaldehyde levels in your body would have risen after just a few drinks, making you feel sick and unable to drink, but by taking supplements, dietary supplements or beverages that promote alcohol metabolism, the increase in the concentration of acetaldehyde in your blood will slow down.

This means that over time, you will be able to drink gradually without feeling sick immediately after drinking alcohol as you used to.

You may think that you can’t drink, but supplements, dietary supplements, or beverages have made you a better drinker than you were before, but these people are very weak drinkers to begin with, so it’s better not to force yourself to drink.


I have explained some of the questions and rumors surrounding alcohol, but there is no right or wrong way to “drink” alcohol. There are individual differences in how people deal with alcohol. It also depends on your age and physical condition. When drinking alcohol, please consider your physical condition and situation at the time, and never drink too much.