It turns out, there might actually be a gene responsible for this. Scientists at the University of Carolina claim to have discovered a ‘tipsy gene’. It is estimated that 10-20% of individuals have a specific gene that allows them to break down alcohol more readily than others, making them feel the effects of alcohol sooner and stronger. In other words, some might call them a ‘light weight.’
If you are a so-called ‘light weight,’ having the tipsy gene means more than a milder hangover. Because you react stronger to alcohol, you are by theory less likely to become addicted to it.
So what about those without the gene? Good news, researchers may one day find a way to mimic the enzyme released by the tipsy gene, and use it to prevent and/or help those with a high risk of developing alcoholism.
So is the absence of a tipsy gene really a good excuse for excessive drinking? Men, here is an experiment for you to try. After stumbling home from a guy’s night of over-drinking and nutty shenanigans, try slurring to your girl/wife, “sorry, honey, I couldn’t help it, I don’t have the tipsy gene.” Let us know how it goes!