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I have been researching alcoholism, and 100% of the sites say that a major sign of alcoholism is an increasing tolerance to alcohol. I drink a few times a week, and I have been drinking since I was in high school. When I first began to drink I had, what I considered then, an annoyingly high tolerance to alcohol. I could,not that it was smart, drink up to 12 shots and be fine. I was 5'6" tall and weighed 125lbs.

I look back and don't understand how I did it. For the past few years, especially this last one, I have been blacking out very easily. My drinking has varied over the years. I have been drinking more lately, but again, 3 times a week at most. I now can only drink around 5 shots, if I exceed this, I black out.

People say I don't even make a fool of myself, but I feel stupid because I can't remember a thing. I know I become reckless and I get a little disoriented.

Why, if my drinking has increased, would my tolerance be decreasing??? I do not believe I am an alcoholic, but you may not believe that. I do not crave alcohol, I don't "need" it to relax. I drink in social settings, only.

I have fibromyalgia. I was finally diagnosed about a month ago. Could the low serotonin levels being affecting this? Is my body trying to fight it off, like an allergy?

I have all these theories but I want an answer.

Please, I am only 20 years old. Why is my tolerance decreasing? I enjoy occasionally drinking, but I am always concerned with EXACT measurements. I want to know why my body would change so drastically and what it means...???

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