Q. What might have slowed down the rate of my alcohol metabolism?

Answered by
Dr. Swaraj Waddankeri
and medically reviewed by Dr.Lekshmipriya B
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 29, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jan 19, 2022

Hello doctor,

I need help. We have zero-tolerance for alcohol at work. I had some alcohol eight hours (3 to 4 ounces) before work started. I am a 190-pound, good, shape male 70 inches and 48 years old. Based on the 1 ounce per hour metabolism, I was sure I would be in the clear. I do not have thyroid and realized I was cold and gaining weight. I had my TSH drawn, and I was hypothyroid. Could the hypothyroid state slow my alcohol metabolism? Any defense I have may help. I would never have drunk otherwise.



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No, hypothyroidism does not cause slower metabolism of alcohol. What was your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone)? Are you taking medications?

Thank you doctor,

I have no thyroid. I am already on meds but my TSH was 10. I have no idea how I could still have alcohol in my system.



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When we are young and with less weight, the body metabolizes alcohol and other products at a certain rate. When we get older and gain weight, the body metabolism decreases.

Also, TSH of 10 is high and you require medicines for the same.

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