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When I drink alcohol, after about 2 hours, while still drinking. I get a headache at the top of my head and temples. It's only been happening for the ?

When I drink alcohol, after about 2 hours, while still drinking. I get a headache at the top of my head and temples. It's only been happening for the ?

2 hours?: You habitually drink for 2 hours straight? There's your problem. It's your body telling you it's time to quit. It's giving you good advice. Listen to it. ...Read more

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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My head hurts when i drink alcohol, why?

My head hurts when i drink alcohol, why?

Blood vessel dilated: alcohol both directly and via a metabolite causes blood vessels to dilate, particularly in skin but also in the brain. The metabolite that does this, acetaldehyde, is poorly metabolized by some people, who tend to get both skin flushing and headaches, and even dizziness and fainting from low blood pressure. This is more common in Asians and Native Americans, but can occur in others. Stop drinking. ...Read more

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When i drink alcohol nowadays my head hurts.. Could I have become allergic to it?

When i drink alcohol nowadays my head hurts.. Could I have become allergic to it?

It's not "allergy": Allergy really means activity of our immune system, and that isn't what this is. Alcohol causes headaches in MANY people, and sometimes the reaction is not only from the alcohol but other substances in the beverage, like nitrates in wines. People with migraine are often highly sensitive to these effects and may routinely get headache. Stop or cut down, talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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My skin hurts when I touch it. It feels like I have sun burnt all year around. When I drink Alcohol the pain doubles. ?

My skin hurts when I touch it. It feels like I have sun burnt all year around. When I drink Alcohol the pain doubles. ?

Enzyme deficiency: Aldehyde dehydrogenase deficiency can cause the syndrome you describe but there are many other causes. Best to be evaluated by your GP and referred if needed. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Sir my right temple side hurts badly when i drink alcohol two beer or 2or 3 peg why ? Iam 25 yrs old

Sir my right temple side hurts badly when i drink alcohol two beer or 2or 3 peg why ? Iam 25 yrs old

Unusual: This is an unusual symptom secondary to alcohol intake. With what I know I would suspect it could be a sensitivity to alcohol which manifests itself by a disturbance in an energy field called yang oe in chinese medicine. Of course this is only a guess and more history and possibly an exam would help. Obviously, best to avoid alcohol or peg, whatever that is. ...Read more

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When I drink alcohol, my head/vision spins really easily, even when I'm not drunk. Why?

When I drink alcohol, my head/vision spins really easily, even when I'm not drunk. Why?

Hard to say: You say you're having physical reactions to alcohol as if you're drunk although you're not. Many physical factors could be contributing to this reaction. Suggest you see your primary care doctor as soon as possible. Tell your doctor just what you're saying here. Let your doctor evaluate your symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a hematoma on my head, its been 4 days since the fall. Can i drink alcohol?

I have a hematoma  on my head, its been 4 days since the fall. Can i drink alcohol?

Hard to say: Did your use of alcohol having anything to do with your having a fall? I have a considerable bias because of my line of work in chemical dependency treatment, but it has been my experience that when ANYBODY asks if they can drink alcohol after (take your pick) surgery, antibiotics, an accident etc etc etc., I wonder about how important alcohol is in their lives, and whether its already a problem. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol 3 days after a minor head injury?

Can i drink alcohol 3 days  after a minor head injury?

Concussion: Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully. But for some people, symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer. I would not recommend drinking alcohol until all symptoms have resolved. Some symptoms of concussion: thinking, remembering, emotional, sleep, difficulty thinking clearly, headache, fuzzy or blurry vision, irritability, sleeping more than usual, and feeling slowed down. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal?  I also feel light headed

You need evaluation: I have no idea what the pain is, or why drinking alcohol makes it better, but you need to talk to your doctor. Hypertension in a 22 year old man is distinctly abnormal, and if your doctor has not tested you for more unusual causes of hypertension (coarctation of the aorta, primary hyperaldosteronism, renal artery stenosis and others), you should be tested for these. Talk to him about drinking also. ...Read more

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Why do I get a headache everytime i drink alcohol?

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

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Recently Why do I get a headache when I drink alcohol? Scared it's something majorly wrong

Recently Why do I get a headache when I drink alcohol? Scared it's something majorly wrong

No: Some people are just sensitive to the diffusion effect or some can getr migraines from certain kinds of alcohol-for example I know someone whoo is allergic to hops and the clarifying chemical of some white wines and will get migraines if he consumes them ...Read more

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Why does one side of my face get hot when i drink alcohol ?

Alcohol Allergy: It sure sounds like you are one of the humans that are allergic to alcohol. I would advise that you avoid this. ...Read more

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Im currently taking minocycline for my skin. Is it bad if I drink alcohol while taking this medicine?

Im currently taking minocycline for my skin. Is it bad if I drink alcohol while taking this medicine?

Not a good idea: Minocycline may interfere with alcohol. It is a good idea to limit your alcohol intake for the period of time that you are on minocycline. Check with your prescribing physician to confirm what they recommend and what to look for when alcohol and minocycline are combined. ...Read more

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Why does my face turn red when i drink alcohol?

Why does my face turn red when i drink alcohol?

Vasodilatation: Alcohol acts as a vasodilator, a drug which causes small blood vessels (capillaries) to dilate. Some of this comes from an intermediate by-product of alcohol metabolism called acetaldehyde, which is usually rapidly metabolized further, but in some people it can accumulate, causing more flushing than in other people. This happens particularly in people of asian background and native americans. ...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?

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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A bump found at the top palate. Was eating something and suddenly it was gone but a small bit of skin hanged. Can i drink alcohol or not?

A bump found at the top palate. Was eating something and suddenly it was gone but a small bit of skin hanged. Can i drink alcohol or not?

Mucocele: May have been a mucocele they ruptured, a clogged minor salivary gland. Responsible ingestion of alcohol in moderation (not in excess) should not be a problem. Please make an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause of the hanging skin, could be from one of many other sources. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more