Is Tila Tequila Allergic to Alcohol?

San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman has been arrested for assaulting Tila Tequila

Tila Tequila disputes claims that she was drunk when attacked by Shawne Merriman

Tila Tequila has responded to the Shawne Merriman assault incident in her natural tongue – social media. Here are her tweets since returning home to Los Angeles after the ordeal:

I have just gotten back home safely to Los Angeles. Thank you for all of your love and prayers, and I appreciate everyone’s support…. (Sunday 9/6/09 approx. 9:00 PM EST)

I am allergic to alcohol. It has been publicly known for years. That is how I got the name Tila “Tequila” cuz the irony. I cant drink. (Sunday 9/6/09 approx. 10:00 PM EST)

I put all of my love and faith in God…… (Sunday 9/6/09 approx. 10:00 PM EST)

I am only 93 pounds and 4’ft 11…… (Sunday 9/6/09 approx. 10:00 PM EST)

Thank you #TilaArmy for all the love and support….I love you all…xox (Sunday 9/6/09 approx. 10:00 PM EST)

The truth will set you free…..God is with me. (Monday 9/7/09 approx. 1:00 AM EST)

RT @RevRunWisdom If u or some1 u know is being abused or hit.. Tell on em!! (Monday 9/7/09 approx. 5:20 PM EST)

Here is a screen capture as of 5:27 PM today:

Tila Tequila tweets she is allergic to alcohol in response to the Shawne Merriman arrest

Her statement about her alcohol allergy would contradict Merriman’s claim that Tequila was drunk when the incident occurred. Merriman sent this statement to

On September 6, 2009 the San Diego Sheriff’s Department responded to a citizen’s complaint that was initiated by Tila Nguyen (aka Tila Tequila). I was taken into custody based upon that complaint. At the time, I was concerned about her welfare given the intoxicated state she appeared to be in and I encouraged her to stay until safe transportation could be provided.

We would all do our best to help a friend if we considered their actions to be detrimental to their personal safety. I in no way caused any harm to Ms. Nguyen, however, paramedics were called and she was examined but no injuries were reported. She was released and has since returned to Los Angeles, California.

There have been no charges filed against me. I want to thank the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for their professionalism. I will continue to cooperate fully with the Department, and I look forward to clearing my name regarding these false allegations. I want to put this behind me so I can continue to focus on a successful season for the San Diego Chargers.

This isn’t the first time Tila Tequila has spoken about her alcohol allergy. She has claimed in the past that she got her nick-surname “Tequila” because she can’t drink it. Alcohol allergy is very common in people with Asian descent. Bai Ling is allergic, but she still continued to drink enough to end up Celebrity Rehab. Do you think it’s true that Tila Tequila never touches alcohol?

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Originally posted September 7, 2009; Most recent edit: Dec. 2011