Why do some people get drunk more quickly than others?

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1. Handling your booze

Some people get tipsy after a tiny amount of alcohol, but others seem fine despite knocking back the drinks.

Drinking a lot of alcohol is bad for you in the short and long term. Its immediate effects on you can vary, depending on your general health and how often you drink. But you also have some underlying biological traits that make you deal with it in a certain way.

Find out if your biology helps you handle your drink – or get swamped by it.

2. CLICKABLE: Your biological set-up

Do you share any biological traits with the people below? Click on each image to find out whether these traits make you more or less prone to the effects of alcohol.

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3. INTERACTIVE: The tipping point to tipsy

Some drinkers appear sober one moment and tipsy the next, with so-called 'lightweight' drinkers reaching this point more quickly. Drag the slider to see how these two drinkers deal with alcohol differently during a night on the town.

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4. Where's your tipping point?

How many drinks can you have before you feel drunk? Click on your answer to reveal how you compare with those interviewed in the US National Alcohol Survey.

One drink

One large glass of wine or one pint of beer (equivalent to three shots of spirit).

You're drunk on

One drink

Like you, around 10% of those surveyed felt drunk after one drink.

Two drinks

Two large glasses of wine or two pints of beer (equivalent to six shots of spirit).

You're drunk on

Two drinks

You can handle fewer drinks than 50% of those surveyed, before feeling drunk.

Three drinks

Three large glasses of wine or three pints of beer (equivalent to nine shots of spirit).

You're drunk on

Three drinks

You can handle more drinks than 50% of those surveyed, before feeling drunk.

Four or more drinks

Four or more large glasses of wine or four or more pints of beer (equivalent to 12 shots of spirit).

You're drunk on

Four or more drinks

Like you, around 15% of those surveyed felt drunk after four or more drinks.