(Closed) Heart palpitations and headache from red wine?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 4
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Creiddylad:  I get this (nervous, heart pounding, anxiety feeling) the next morning if I overdo it on any type of alcohol

Post # 6
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I get horrible headaches from red wine! And I have definitely got jittery the next day from drinking it.

Both of my parents are allergic to something in red wine. They both get heart palpitations, my dad finds it hard to breathe when drinking it and my mom gets super anxious from it.

ETA: I have no issues with white wine (unless I drink too much lol), my mom can drink white wine just fine, but my dad can’t drink any wine at all.

Post # 7
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@emmalyn:  Same here. If I drink any liquor or beer in excess, I get palpitations and heavy pounding in my chest. I’ve gone to a doctor for it before and he told me there isn’t really anything to be concerned about unless I feel faint or pass out.

Post # 8
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’ve seen it both ways. Some people get heart palpitations from drinking too much alcohol, but sometimes the alchohol just exposes a heart problem which might already be there. I realize that is sort of ambiguous, sorry!

It would probably be worth it to mention this to your doctor. If this happens again soon, or if it is accompanied by chest pain, dizziness, or other symptoms that just feel off. I would probably go to the ER.

Also, in the future, it seems like it might be a good idea to avoid alcohol as much as possible. The heachaches and palpitations you get are often a sign that you do not metabolize alcohol quickly or effectively, which you seem to know already!

Post # 9
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Creiddylad:  Sulfites don’t cause headaches and red wine actually contains fewer sulfites than white wine and sweet, dessert-type wines.  Less than 1% of the population is sensitive to sulfites and those who are experience asthma-like symptoms, not headaches.

I’d bet your heart palpitations were simply from drinking too much in combination with your high stress levels (I’m assuming they went away by the next day when your body would have been able to metabolize the alcohol?).  If you’re really concerned though, I’d ask your doctor.

Post # 10
2073 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I get a horrible headache from even a few sips of red wine. Any amount of alcohol makes me not sleep well.  I’d guess that you felt your heart race because you were dehydrated. That happens to me when I don’t get enough water.  Dehydration can also cause headaches. 

Post # 11
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I get this too!  And I already have a heart murmur so it just intensifies, I always feel like I’m going to die…. 

Post # 12
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I get this way sometimes after drinking too much of anything – wine not so much but it’s been ages since i’ve drank too much. Definitely get this when drinking liquor and always if i’ve had red bull and vodka (which I haven’t had in years!)

Do you have a heart murmur or any other condition?  I have a heart murmur and a BAV so I always just assumed that was why.

Post # 13
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

It  could be an allergic reaction.   There are histamines in Red wine that effect your body.  You could be just f ine with a nice white wine.


Post # 14
481 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Now that I think about it, this also happens when I take medications that raise blood pressue. Too much alcohol raises blood pressure, so maybe that has something to do with it.

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