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Why do I have hiccups after I drink alcohol?

Why do I have hiccups after I drink alcohol?

Hiccups: Alcohol, specially hard liqueur it is an irritating agent.It irritates your stomach, esophagus. The nerves that makes you hiccup are very close to the esophagus, so irritating the esophagus irritates these nerves which make your diaphragm muscle contract causing a hiccup. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Why do I hiccup during and right after I drink alcohol?

Why do I hiccup during and right after I drink alcohol?

We believe: That hiccups are caused by expansion of the stomach, movement of stomach acid and/or irritation of the phrenic nerve which controls the movement of the diaphragm. Alcohol can do all 3! ...Read more

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Why am I extremely irritable after I drink alcohol?

Why am I extremely irritable after I drink alcohol?

Alcohol effects: I agree with my colleague dr. Ali about possible alcohol intolerance. In addition, alcohol is a very dis-inhibiting drug. For some, the first drinks may reduce social anxiety -- allowing easier, and more fun interactions. With more and more drinks, the response can change to irritability because of poor frustration tolerance -- and our usual social decorum (run by our brain cortex) is asleep. ...Read more

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My face turns red after I drink alcohol? Is that normal?

My face turns red after I drink alcohol? Is that normal?

It can be in many: people, particularly those of Asian or Native American descent. Alcohol is metabolized into acetaldehyde, which can cause severe flushing, redness, sweating, lightheadedness, dizziness and even fainting with very low blood pressure. Acetaldehyde is metabolized into water and carbonic acid by another enzyme, but if this not present genetically those individuals will flush with alcohol. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my face turns red after I drink alcohol?

Some people are ...: oversensitive to the effects of alcohol. There is a genetic variation that alters the usual metabolism and causes a "flushing reaction". ...Read more

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For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back. With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

For the past year, sometimes I have been getting pain in my rib cage both sides which radiates to my back.  With drinking less, I notice it happens more after I drink alcohol.

Could be many things: but if it is getting worse after drinking, I would be concerned that it might be pancreatitis. Anything in what is called the "retroperitoneum" - very posterior organs like the pancreas, a short part of the duodenum, the kidneys - may radiate to the back. I would see your health care provider for a full evaluation, including blood work and possibly imaging of the pancreas. Stop alcohol! ...Read more

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Why do my ovaries hurt after i drink alcohol?

Why do my ovaries hurt after i drink alcohol?

Are you sure?: There is no physiologic explanation for ovarian pain related to consumption of alcohol. My best guess is that this related to some other source of pain (such as your bowels) that is confused with pain from your ovaries. ...Read more

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Why do I turn patchy red all over after i drink alcohol?

Why do I turn patchy red all over after i drink alcohol?

Vascular effect: It is not uncommon and may be different with different types of alcohol. This is most common in people of asian ancestery and has a genetic basis. It is sometimes referred to as the 'asian flush'. ...Read more

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Why do my bones hurt so much after i drink alcohol ?

Why do my bones hurt so much after i drink alcohol ?

How much are you: Drinking? Diffuse muscle and bone aches can be seen with severe hangover after very heavy drinking. Alcohol can cause muscle inflammation (myositis) which can feel like bone pain. Alcohol can reduce vitamin d and calcium absorption and cause an increase in bone fractures with injury. You need to consider reducing alcohol intake and seeing your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Hatem Asad
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Hiccups (Definition)

A hiccup is an unintentional movement (spasm) of the diaphragm, the muscle at the base of the lungs. The spasm is followed by quick closing of the vocal cords, which produces a distinctive sound. Hiccups often start for no apparent reason and usually disappear after a few minutes. Rarely, hiccups can last for days, weeks, or months. Hiccups are common and normal ...Read more