I know, you're not my doctor, but...
December 8, 2012 6:01 AM Subscribe
Why, all of a sudden, does a small glass of wine make me feel drunk?
posted by Buffaload to health & fitness (32 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
...And I'm not a light drinker, either. Last Sunday, I went to a football game and tailgated with friends. Over the course of 10 hours, I had seven drinks, mostly beer (one vodka drink). Afterwards I definitely wasn't sober, but I wasn't out of control drunk, either. I had a light to medium hangover the next day, Monday, and by Monday night felt better.
On Tuesday I went to the gym for the first time in months. I worked out with a trainer. I worked too hard and didn't drink enough water, but didn't really notice either until later.
Tuesday night I had a glass of wine with dinner and a glass of wine after dinner. I felt so drunk that the room was spinning and fell asleep at 8:30 p.m. I woke up the next morning still feeling dizzy.
I worked out again on Wednesday morning. This time I drank a liter of water (began drinking it during my workout, mostly cardio, and then finished it afterwards). I felt mostly normal the rest of the day.
Wednesday night, I thought, what the hell, I'm hydrated again. So, I had one glass of wine with dinner. I got drunk. Dizzy, uncoordinated, drunk.
Here's where I start to get worried: On Thursday morning, I woke up and still felt dizzy. That triggered some anxiety, because what the hell? I deliberately ate more than I usually eat on Thursday and also drank two liters of full-calorie gatorade throughout the day. Also, I didn't work out or exercise at all on Thursday.
On Friday, I'm feeling more like myself. And because I can't leave well enough alone, I decide to experiment. I pour myself a splash of red wine, and I drink it, with my filling dinner (chicken paprikash -- it was demanding some good red wine). And I feel a little buzzed after I drink it.
Now, on Saturday morning, I woke up again, still feeling a little dizzy. And that's worrying me.
But I don't want to call my doctor at this point because what on earth would he say? "You're saying wine is making you not feel good? Have you considered not drinking wine?" But that's not the point. The point is, I'm concerned about this sudden change. Can I still be dehydrated?