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Why do I have a headache that starts a few minutes after 2 ounces of white wine, while other people have no problem?

Why do I have a headache that starts a few minutes after 2 ounces of white wine, while other people have no problem?

Everyone's different: Headache from wine is suspected to be caused by histamine and tyramine in wine. Histamine can dilate blood vessels and tyramine can raise blood pressure which can lead to headaches. Some people seem less able to metabolize these two chemicals or are more sensitive to their effects. ...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


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What can you do for a headache from too much wine?

What can you do for a headache from too much wine?

Drink less: See how that works. Also may want try a better wine. Sometimes caused by degradation products of alcohol that your body can't clear fast enough. Probably should get some liver function tests. ...Read more

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Why does red wine give me headache?

Happens sometimes: May be due to your blood vessels in the head dialate causing the headache. Or some ingredient in the wine may be attritubale to your headache. Difficult to answer. ...Read more

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Does drinking wine cause headaches?

Does drinking wine cause headaches?

Yes, in some people: Drinking red wine causes headaches in some people, but white wine doesn't cause a problem. The cause for "red wine headache" is uncertain, but is likely due to a chemical in red wine. Also, drinking beer, wine, or liquor causes flushing (red skin) and some headache, in people who get too much aldehyde (from alcohol metabolism) when drinking alcohol. The aldehyde problem is a genetic condition. ...Read more

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Migraine headaches. What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

Migraine headaches.  What kinds of wine cause them, and which ones don't?

Depends on person: While red wine is a more common migraine trigger than white (possibly due to the Amino Acid tyramine), there is significant person-to-person variability. Keeping track of your personal triggers is the best approach overall. ...Read more

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Old wives tale that mixing beer and wine will make it more likely that you'll get a headache? What's the science behind it? Or is this just rubbish?

Old wives tale that mixing beer and wine will make it more likely that you'll get a headache?  What's the science behind it?  Or is this just rubbish?

Too much drinking: mixing drinks like drinking beer, wine, different kind of spirits cause problems mainly because it is too much drinking. the problems come from high alcohol content in your blood. The same problems can come from drinking one kind of alcohol in large amounts. ...Read more

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I think im allergic to red wine. Get headaches.?

I think im allergic to red wine. Get headaches.?

Not a true allergy: Red wine can trigger headaches by affecting blood vessels. It is not an allergic reaction as it is due to a non-immune mechanism, but you would still want to avoid it. ...Read more

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I would like to be able to have a glass of wine without getting a headache within a couple hours. Any suggestions (besides motrin)? Even tried organic

I would like to be able to have a glass of wine without getting a headache within a couple hours. Any suggestions (besides motrin)? Even tried organic

Difficult: The cause of headaches with moderate wine drinking is a mystery; some people find that red wines are worse than white; is this true for you? While much has been written about sulfites in wine (antibacterial), there is no good evidence that this is the culprit; there are many biological active compounds in wine and any one of them could be a culprit for any person; some say delectus wines are diffe. ...Read more

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