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Taste aversion to alcohol?


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Taste aversion to alcohol?

MSPD | Aug 31, 2005 10:43 AM

Despite lack of a scientific background, I do believe in the biological taste aversions some people have. For me, cilantro and ginger just taste wrong.

That said, I'm also particularly sensitive to the taste of alcohol. Beer, hard alcohol and red wines are just flat out unpalatable. White wines are less intensely disgusting, but I would never describe them as tasting good. Believe me, I've tried to "develop a taste" and appreciation. I do wine tastings. I have sommeliers help out. I can talk day and night about the different tastes and complexities, varietals, pairing with food and so on about beer, wine and spirits. But in the end, there is a common thread among these beverages which I have never gotten "used to" or enjoyed. Some things are better than others, but in the end, alcohol never tastes great.

I strongly believe this is beyond personal taste, but unlike cilantro and ginger, I've not heard many other people talk about TASTE aversions to alcohol specifically (yes, I know it makes many sick to their stomach or gives migraines).

I'm curious if others share this taste aversion. (I realize it may almost seem embarrassing to admit in our culture). If so, do you still drink?

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