Yale study: Men with HIV faster to get alcohol ‘buzz’

Researchers at Yale and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System compared the number of alcoholic drinks that men with HIV infection, versus those without it, needed to get a buzz. According to a news release on the study put out by Yale, the researchers found that HIV-infected men were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than uninfected men.
The study was published April 17 in the journal AIDS and Behavior.
To examine the effects of alcohol on HIV patients, the Yale team and their co-authors reviewed data on more than 2,600 men enrolled in the Veterans Aging Cohort Study, an ongoing multi-site study of veterans. They analyzed survey responses from both HIV-infected and uninfected veterans who were asked how many alcoholic drinks it took for them to feel a buzz or high. The researchers also compared responses from HIV-infected men with unsuppressed or detectable HIV infection versus those with suppressed HIV.
The study found that HIV-infected men with detectable virus were more sensitive to the effects of alcohol than both HIV-infected men with suppressed virus and uninfected men. On average, the HIV-infected individuals with detectable virus got a buzz from imbibing just a quarter less of a drink than the others.

Amanda Cuda