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8 Common Signs of Alcohol Intolerance

Edited By: Sheldon O'Riley

 After a couple of drinks, some people start feeling symptoms similar to an attack of vegetovascular dystonia, an allergic reaction, or other ailments. They usually don’t realize that these unpleasant effects are caused by the alcohol.

Below you’ll find the common signs of ethanol intolerance, which can easily be confused with the symptoms of other diseases.

 
1. Fluctuations in Blood Pressure
Alcohol Intolerance Symptoms

Those with high arterial pressure often suffer from throbbing pain in the temples, tinnitus, and dizziness. However, if the pressure decreases, then the symptoms can be a loss of vision, dizziness, and lethargy.

2. Runny Nose

We’re used to accepting symptoms such as a blocked nose, sneezing, and being short of breath as those of a common cold, but these symptoms might be the result of alcohol intolerance. There are a huge number of capillaries in the nasal mucosa and when they’re exposed to ethanol, edema develops on them, making it difficult to breathe, causing a sense of nasal congestion.

3. Limbs Edema

When alcohol enters the body, the ethanol provokes intoxication which causes a person to become dehydrated, leading to excretory system failure. As a result, excess fluid accumulates in the tissues, causing swelling.

4. Nausea

Nausea and vomiting won’t come as a surprise if you overdo it with cocktails and shots, but for those with alcohol intolerance, these symptoms might appear even after a small amount of alcohol.

 
5. Migraines
Alcohol Intolerance Symptoms
Migraines are unpleasant enough as they are, but it’s something that’s bound to happen if you drink too much alcohol. If you know that you haven’t been overdrinking, but you’re still experiencing a migraine, it could be a sign of alcohol intolerance. In this case, the migraine would be caused by the release of histamines.

6. Diarrhea

Diarrhea can strike at the most inopportune time, and most people write it off as being caused by low-quality food or a stomach bug. However, this isn’t always the case. If you notice that this happens to you after you drink a little bit of alcohol, it might be that you have an intolerance to it.

7. Redness of the Skin

Reddening of the skin on one’s face and body is an extremely common sign of alcohol intolerance. Some people even have small blisters that look like hives, which is why it’s often confused with an allergic reaction. First, the spots appear on the face and then they can be found on the body. This occurs unevenly: they are located chaotically and resemble a rash. This is why alcohol intolerance is often called the Alcohol Flush Reaction.

8. Increased Body Temperature

This symptom is commonly attributed to colds or cases of food poisoning, but the body temperature can also rise due to alcohol intolerance.

 

Source: brightside
Images: depositphotos

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