[ExI] Alcohol and evolution was just curious

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 20:48:20 UTC 2020

Funny- I have read some about the French and their attitude towards
alcohol.  They raise their children with, at first, very diluted wine,
slowly undiluting it as they grow older.  Their attitude towards alcoholics
is scorn.  When I was there the issue of drinking too much came up and one
person pointed South, towards Italy, and said that if I wanted problem
drinkers I had to look no further than the Italians.  The grass may be
greener on the other side of the fence, but the people are always inferior.

Eysenck's data shows strong correlations between sedation threshold and

bill w

On Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 3:05 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Henry Rivera <hrivera at alumni.virginia.edu> wrote:
> > >I think I have seen research on this. I?ll look for it on Monday.
> > On Aug 9, 2020, at 4:09 PM, William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Does anyone, including Henry, know about the relationship between
> introversion/extroversion and alcohol consumption?
> I would be surprised if there is much of a correlation.
> However, there is a strong correlation between the length of time a
> population has been exposed to alcohol and the number of people who
> are adversely affected by it.
> Races who have been exposed for thousands of years tend to be
> resistant, and in some cases, we know why right down to the genetic
> level.  Asian peoples very often have a defective dehydrogenase gene
> so they can't clear the alcohol very fast and get quite sick if they
> have more than one or two drinks.  The French seem to have a high
> tolerance for the stuff.  The peoples who got agriculture (and
> alcohol) more recently, Irish and Russians, for example, have more
> problems with it.
> Native Americans are badly affected, the classic case being the
> Navahoes.  Greenland natives are about 95% alcoholics.  If they have
> it, they can't control their use of it.
> Makes sense, of course.  Being an alcoholic is not good for your genes.
> Keith
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