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Why do I get a sore throat after drinking alcohol

A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Washburn
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Irritant: 1) alcohol can be irritating to oral and pharyngeal tissues; 2) alcohol can induce acid reflux from the stomach into the esophagus and throat causing... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Alcohol> sore throat: I don't know why you get a sore throat when drinking alcohol. However, regular alcohol use can irritate the throat. Peruse this article to see if any... Read More

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Franklyn Gergits
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Sore Throat: Hello, this is a difficult question to answer with such limited information. A sore throat can come from a reaction to the alcohol, the alcohol itself... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
It doesn't: I'm not aware of any connection.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Futterweit
Endocrinology 64 years experience
YES INDEED: No alcohol or smoking please.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Reflux likely: You are having reflux symptoms, not uncommon after alcohol drinking.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Sometimes: Alcohol can irritate the throat - especially if you are drinking a high proof without another beverage mixed in.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Potentially: Particularly if drinking "high-test" stuff--like >90 proof (>45% ethanol). Everclear (190 proof) absolutely does this, and can even cause pain in mout... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Needs to be checked: You do have other medical problems and taking meds.The throat looking red and the black painless round dot naads to be checked and may need biopsy if ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: Especially if you drink high proof alcohol straight.
A female asked:
Dr. Shaban Faruqui
Specializes in Gastroenterology
Mallory Weiss Tear: Mallory-Weiss syndrome is a gastro-esophageal laceration,occuring in 3-15% person with UGI Bleed. ,Occurs after a prolonged or forceful bout of ret... Read More

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