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Does Alcohol Help Headaches
Even the smallest amount of any alcohol gives me a headache that can last all night and into the next day. Could I be allergic?
Probably not: An allergy is an event that in its basic definition is mediated by an allergic (IgE) antibody specifically programmed for a foreign protein. In the instance of reactions to alcohol (mainly ethanol), consumption in any amount can cause facial redness, botching of the skin and nasal congestion. Because ETOH is a vasodilator it can feel like an allergy. As with anything causing reactions...avoid it ...Read more
Recently had a very small amount of alcohol (1/8th of a margarita) and had an unusual headache, feeling like I was about to pass out. Possible cause?
Worth more evalution:
Really bad headaches can sometimes reflect bleeds in the head or infections. Alcohol could have stimulated the a small bleed based on it causing blood vessels to dilate. So have further assessment.
Mixing alcohol with certain medications could cause a bad headache based on a build up of acetylaldehyde in the system. If you were genetically susceptible this would happen every time you drank. ...Read more
Possibility: In addition to amount consumed, darker liquors like red wine, brandy, whiskey, and tequila may contain chemicals called congeners -- kind of like impurities -- that contribute to headaches. If you're sensitive to these, they might give you more trouble. Http://www. Hopkinsmedicine. Org/neurology_neurosurgery/specialty_areas/headache/conditions/hangover_headache. Html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I wake up with headache after even 1 sip of alcohol, but if I drink during the day, stopping before 4 pm, I am okay the next day.?
Not dependent on alcohol. I enjoy days off from it. I'm taking a break. I have had very bad headaches since. Started on 2nd day. Normal?
No, probably sign of: Withdrawal. Are you sure you're not an alcoholic? Your statements indicate that maybe you are more dependent on it than you think. ...Read more
I have been getting headaches every Saturday. I don't drink caffeine or alcohol. I don't get these on weekdays or Sundays, just Saturdays.?
I have headaches that last for days. Go to sleep with them and wake up with them. Feels much like a hangover w/o the alcohol. Why is this?
Type of alcohol?: Your headache could be due to hard liquor drinks such as mixed drinks (other compounds in the drinks can contribute to headaches), red wine can cause headaches due to nitrates, or you may just have a sensitivity to alcohol in general. Why drink alcoholic drinks if they cause headaches anyway? ...Read more
What happens if alcohol gives me an instant headache, and makes me cough blood and collapse, am I gonna die?
Not necessarily.: However, if you are so ill that you have collapsed then medical evaluation would be prudent. ...Read more
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