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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

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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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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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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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 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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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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Can i drink alcohol with a skull fracture ?

Can i drink alcohol with a skull fracture ?

Yes: Provided you do not have a seizure disorder or other medical complication. Alcohol will lower your seizure threshold and make you more likely to have a seizure. ...Read more

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Why does my back hurt when i drink alcohol?

Hard to say: but the fact that you have kept drinking despite the fact that your back hurts when you drink tells me that I should be concerned that you may have an alcohol problem. It could be inflammation of your pancreas, stomach, duodenum or a problem with your gallbladder. I strongly suggest STOPPING drinking until you get a diagnosis, and see your doctor for a full evaluation. ...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