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I've noticed that I get a headache shortly after drinking alcohol. I used to work as a bartender, and as such drank socially several times a week.

It has been some 5 years now since I drank as much as I did, though I still enjoy a cider or mixed drink on occasion, on average about a half dozen times a year.

Now, after only one drink, shortly afterwards I start getting a headache, which increases in severity with each successive drink. I have taken to drinking a glass of water per drink to counteract the dehydration effect alcohol has, but even so I still get the beginnings of a headache, which is less pronounced when I've had water as well as a drink.

In the past, i would only suffer a headache if I had drunk too much and suffered the subsequent hangover(very rare, even back then). Now I get one after a single cider.

I have no current medical conditions, but live a sedentary lifestyle.

Could I have developed an allergy to alchohol? Or is my body just not used to it anymore?


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replied July 11th, 2011
Headache and Migraines Answer A24922
Hello,

Welcome to ehealthforum

Excessive alcohol can cause various effects on different organs.It could be possible that you have developed a sensitivity to alcohol but a complete evaluation is a must in your case.You require evaluation of Liver,Blood sugars as deranged glucose levelas are quite common,Vitamin B12, and Blood Profile.
Hypoglycemia,Vitamin deficiency can cause headaches along with dehydration.Consider visiting a Physician for complete examination.

Take Care!


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