(Closed) Does anyone have an allergy to alcohol?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yeah you should check it out.  My sister has an allergy to gluten, so no beer, and my FIL’s throat closes up when she drinks anything. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I didn’t know such a thing existed either, but that would be awful!

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes there is such a thing… I am allergic to alcohol ..  Just after my first drink my ears start to go bright red and they burn.. they are actually hot to the touch. Plus I get drunk really easily because of it as well.  It wouldnt be an allergy to gluten if it is all alcohol and you would already know you were allergic to gluten by the foods you eat. My best friend is allergic to gluten so I know quite a bit about the allergy and what she can and con not drink… It gives her a terrible rash but it doesnt make her feel drunk quicker.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I may have a minor allergy to it: my skin gets very red and irritated, I get itchy but no hives or rash, sometimes the roof of my mouth becomes itchy. I don’t drink that often though, and when I do it’s only a glass or two of wine so I don’t know what would happen if I drank large amounts. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@summerbride12:I do! After half a glass of ANY type of alcohol my face becomes red and blotchy. Doesn’t matter what kind of alcohol wine, liquor, beer even vodka sauce I’m getting tomatoe face. My brothers have the same allergy apprently. It’s more socially awkward than painful because after a glass or two I’m only a little tipsy and not drunk by a long shot, but I am totally beet red. My brother on the other hand has the same alcohol allergy but he tends to break out in itchy red hives. Needless to say both of us are pretty cheap dates.

I think the medical term isn’t an allergy, but alcohol intolerance. For some it may not necessarily be the alcohol itself but an allergy to the actual ingredients – i.e grains, barley, potatoes, histamines from fermentation etc. Apparently it happens because your body doesn’t produce the right enzymes to digest alcohol (boo).

Defintely go to a dr to make sure that its alcohol intolerance and not something more serious. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Just about every asian person I know is… LOL.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@vmec:

Lol! 

 

I can’t drink red wine very often.  Usually even just a glass makes me violently ill.  I’m not sure why, but it’s always been that way. Probably something to do with the fermentation process/tannins I’m guessing.

 

 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The histamines in booze get me every.single.time.  Especially the ones in wine, my throat closes up and I wheeze and sneeze.  I freaking hate it, but hey it’s made my consumption go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down from what it used to be! 

I’m not sure what’s causing your stomach issues but hopefully it’s something your doctor can figure out! Hope it gets fixed soon 🙁

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have wondered if I’ve developed some kind of allergy in the last few years.  A few years ago I started noticing after a night of heavy drinking (college…) I’d wake up feeling like my heart was racing.  Gradually, it’s gotten to the point that one drink makes me feel this way and I get ridiculous hangovers if I get more than just slightly buzzed.  I can’t really drink in the afternoon or evening without having a hard time falling asleep due to my heart racing.  I’ve tried to find answers online and it seems others have this issue but no one has gotten an answer from a doctor.  I wore a 24 hour heart monitor and drank a beer so I could document it and even though I felt the racing heart, the heart monitor didn’t show anything too out of the oridinary.  It’s incredibly irritating that I can’t even have a casual glass of wine with dinner without suffering the consequences. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My husband is allergic to vodka. When he drinks it he gets red in the face and puffy under his eyes. It’s not a full reaction, but he does get sick to his stomach from it and it effects him differently than other alcohol.

I also went to school with a girl who was allergic to hard alcohol and beer. She could drink some types of cider and wine though so I’m not exactly sure what it was that caused her allergy. It could possibly be linked to a grain sensitivity I think?

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@summerbride12: I wont go into gory details, but I am violentally allergic to Sake.  Think food poisioning times 100.  My sister and father are also as it turns out.  Apparently my dad knew this and never felt the need to tell us, hahaha.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Wow… didn’t realize so many people were allergic! 

I actually became allergic after a miscarriage last summer.  I started out with a rash on my face (half would be red, half would be normal).  Then it gradually got WORSE!  Until it was a full-body, itchy red rash.

It really sucked because I could drink anything before it happened.  I got cured when I started taking Vitex.  But, yeah, was definitely allergic for a good six months.  

Even a couple tablespoons would make me break out in a full body rash!!!

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