That's because the livers of heavy drinkers produce more alcohol dehydrogenase, the enzyme needed to digest alcohol. The fact he was eating a large meal also helped slow down the absorption of alcohol which meant he probably wasn't even feeling the true effects of all the booze that night.
Don't we all remember a night like that - probably on vacation with people we loved - where the drinks just kept flowing and the food just kept coming, but we didn't feel drunk - so we kept having more, more, more?
I know I had a much higher tolerance to alcohol before I started cleansing. But regular breaks from drinking have lowered my tolerance substantially. I can say this because even as a 28-day cleanse approaches, I feel the addictive nature of alcohol setting in. I feel my tolerance beginning to raise. I can drink more (and I want more!) than I did just five months earlier when the last cleanse took place.
But that's exactly how this plan evolved. I kept working on it until ... it simply worked.
By regularly interrupting my exposure to an addictive substance, I can keep a balance in my life. I can still enjoy what's pleasurable about drinking - because there is real pleasure, can't deny that. But I no longer get to the point where I can't stop. And that was really the crazy pain of addiction. Wanting to stop and not being able to ... So I consider myself lucky. :)
btw - having lunch with a friend from ballet class today. It's a drinking day, natch. She doesn't know about my past troubles ... I wonder if it will come up. Hmmmmm ... ;)