pathological reaction to alcohol

pathological reaction to alcohol

An exceedingly severe reaction to ingestion of alcohol, esp. to small amounts. It is manifested by irrational violent behavior followed by exhaustion, sleep, and loss of recall of the event. The patient may not be intoxicated. The etiology is unknown but is associated with hypoglycemia, exhaustion, and stress. See: alcoholism
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ON ALCOHOL 580, 581-82 (1944) (noting that pathological reaction to alcohol is more frequently but less appropriately referred to as "'pathological intoxication").
Banay, supra note 1, at 580; see also TIFFANY & TIFFANY, supra note 1, at 44 (stating that pathological reaction to alcohol is not a manifestation of chronic alcoholism).