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Originally posted by BattleofBatoche
Infact, this is the theory as to wh europeans and others are able to handle alcohol but native americans just can't. Its got nothing to do with personal fortitude, they lack the physiological ability to process ethanol properly.
For instance all through out the dark & middle ages of Europe.
Infact, alcholoic drinks are one of the oldest beverages, one of the older things, around. The ancient sumerians brewed beer, and wine was famously popular throughout the mediteranean.
I personally believe that because i'm 1/4 Cree indian, I can't handle as much alcohol as some of my pure White friends and they'll back me up on that one.
I don't know the specific genetics involved, but it might be a moderately simple system that is easily inherited; thus a person who is mostly native might have some non native ancestry and just happened to have inherited the gene or genes involved, but your idea seems reasonable.