Am I Allergic to Alcohol? August 28 2014

Some people might have a reaction to alcohol that makes them suspect that they are allergic. In some rare cases, this may actually be true.

Other culprits can cause people to react to alcohol in a way that is similar to an allergic reaction. Some people, for instance, may experience this reaction when they drink red wine, which is known to give some people headaches. The feeling of disorientation, heat and a pounding head might feel quite a bit like an allergic reaction, but it isn’t necessarily the case.

Other people might get this reaction from any liquor, and in some cases, they may only get any sort of reaction from a particular alcoholic beverage, beer for instance. Whether or not you actually have an allergy to alcohol is one thing, but there are other ingredients in some drinks that you might be allergic to.


One possibility, though it’s usually accompanied by severe reactions, for people who suspect they’re allergic to alcohol is actually an allergy to vinegar. During the process of metabolizing alcohol, the body converts alcohol into vinegar. People who have an allergy to vinegar might experience allergic symptoms.

Other ingredients might be causing you to have a reaction to certain drinks, as well. The aforementioned red wine has histamines in it and, in some cases, it might have sulfites, as well. These are common culprits when people have reactions to that beverage.

In beer, hops and barley, yeast and other ingredients might actually be causing the reaction.

Some people have good luck changing their brand of beer, or in some cases, they might deliberately seek out wine that doesn’t have sulfites in it. Keep in mind that allergic reactions to alcohol are real things, but they are very rare. There is another culprit that might be behind your reaction to alcohol.

Alcohol Flush (aka Asian Glow)

Alcohol Flush is, as the nickname indicates, mostly associated with Asian people. If you are of Chinese, Japanese or Korean heritage, there’s a good chance that you suffer from this condition. You might suffer from the condition if you are of any race, however, the likelihood is far less.

If you suffer from Alcohol flushing, you might want to consider moderating your intake of alcohol. It is associated with some significant health risks. Cutting down on alcohol might be the best move if Alcohol Flush is likely behind your reactions.

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