Why can't I drink?
May 25, 2007 7:40 AM Subscribe
Are there any solutions to alcohol intolerance? And does alcohol intolerance developed later in life (late twenties/early thirties) indicate other possible health problems?
posted by seeka to health & fitness (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Since I turned 27, the smallest amount of alcohol (1/2 a shot, 1/4 a beer) gives me a terrible hangover - intestinal distress, sweats, occasionally vomiting. Two aspects of this intolerance are 1. immediacy (it happens within 2 hours of ingestion) and 2. severity (it feels like I spent the whole night drinking). Why does my body react like this? I used to be able to drink six jack and cokes a night with only a headache the next morning.
Weirdly enough, when I lived in Paris (two years ago), I could drink a bottle of red wine a night and not feel any negative effects. But since returning to the states, I've been unable to indulge in even one drink with friends. This is hindering my social life and my emotional state -- sometimes a person needs a drink!
Do these side effects indicate alcohol intolerance, or is something else going on?
A friend of mine told me my reaction might be an indication of type 2 diabetes, but I have no other diabetic symptoms.
Other aspects of health: I take paxil (20mg/day), xanax (sometimes), and ortho tricyclen. I smoke (my one indulgence). I exercise regularly and alternate yearly with a vegan/vegetarian diet. I weigh 145. And I'm white -- I add this final indication because I've read about alcohol intolerance in people of Asian heritage, and my symptoms are similar, but not exactly the same - no red flush, for example.
Any suggestions or answers would be much appreciated. I want to have wine at night with my friends!