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November 7th, 2009
I have it too! I noticed it after I turned 30. Ususally it happens after I drink either a wine cooler or this evening it happened after drinking vodka. The pain is near my diaphragm and radiates to my back and shoulders. The pain lasts about 20 minutes and I get flushed in the face. This problem does not happen with beer. However, if I drink beer or wine my skin gets unbearably soar 22-24 hours later and lasts about 2 days. Wierd and annoying and kinda scarey. Some have suggested an allergy or lack of an enzyme. I want to see my doc. for an answer.
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replied November 17th, 2009
This happens to me a lot also...but the weirdest thing is I get the stomach pain..and I also get a slight pain in my shoulder as well.it like aches and its ONLY with mix drinks and I think i noticed its more with cheap vodka mix drinks..bc sometimes i can drink mix drinks and be fine... but others i get this pain and i have to wait like 15 min and i will be fine, and i usually just switch to beer to be safe....so weird. I am thinking that cheap vodka has something to do with it. It actually happened a week ago and i just had to sit for like 15 min and relax..i thought it was just me
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replied November 28th, 2009
Burning sensation after Margaritas
I've found that I don't have a problem if I eat beef (steak, fajitas) with margaritas. Otherwise, I'm doubled over in pain a couple hours later. I think in my case I need something slow-digesting like beef to be in my stomach when the margarita is there. I've noticed other proteins like turkey and chicken don't work. Drinking water helps a tiny bit.
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replied December 16th, 2009
My Story, Responses and Suggestions
This is the only forum where I've found a mention of "a cold burning sensation", which is why I'm really interested to solve this mystery. I've had stomach problems for a few years, but I've discovered that it was largely due to FOOD ALLERGIES and ACID REFLUX which may have been caused by the allergies, stress, or from abusing my stomach with too much alcohol and caffeine. After figuring all that out, I've been pretty ok for almost a year.

However two weeks ago I started getting this "cold burning" stomach pain hours after drinking alcohol, while laying in bed. The difference for me is that it lasts 1 - 2 HOURS and is not "intense pain", although it was close one night when I had more than 3 drinks. I waited 2-4 day intervals and would try a shot and would get the same reaction, but not until 4 or more hours later.

It DOESN'T feel like acid reflux. It's an overall pain, not sharp or in a specific area (although I get those as well occasionally).

I don't get the bruised feeling, although I'll look into the Sphincter of Oddi thing. Thanks for the links!

My only suggestion to EVERYONE here is to go see a NATUROPATHIC doctor and not to ignore something your body may be trying to tell you. There are a lot of people allergic to things in alcohol (for me, it's brewer's yeast), and that might be part of the cause.


@ Lily_Starlight - To me it sounds like you have some kind of acid reflux, if carbonated drinks, alcohol and spicy food bother you. I would do some research and just avoid certain foods (spicy, greasy, tomatoes, citrus, etc) - you can heal with just lifestyle changes.

@ kateh009 - It sounds to me like you may be either lactose intolerant or allergic to milk. Either of these I believe can make your stomach less able to handle more abrasive things like alcohol.


While hopefully none of us have ulcers (I think you'd be in constant pain if so), we shouldn't ignore the fact that certain things hurt our body and we should try to figure out how to heal rather than aggravating it!
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replied January 8th, 2010
Bad stomache pains 5-30 minutes after drinking hard liquor
I have had this problem for over 10 years. When I was in the 7th grade I had a sip of a beer we snuck at a family party, I was in so much pain i will never forget that memory. I think I forced myself to drink beer for so long it doesn't bother me anymore but hard liquor and sometimes carbonated drinks on a full stomach (and only on a full stomache when I eat too fast and consume allot of soda) put me in agonizing pain for 5-30 minutes. People are generally concerned when they see my face.

We all seem to have the exact same symptom, but here is what I came up with. Beer doesn't effect me anymore, I can drink it all I want ( my friends all drink allot and I didn't want to be left out, but it took a very long time to stop hurting when I drank it) Vodka always has murdered my stomach, one shot and I am on the floor but I don't excessively drink it and try to stay away from it. For some reason tequilla doesn't bother me one bit. If I force myself to throw up within 5 minutes 9/10 times I feel better so I don't think it is spasms, if I drink milk (ha which works good as a chaser for me when I do take shots) makes me feel much better within in 5-10 minutes. So it may have something to do with the lining of your stomach because even though milk is an acid it coats your stomach and helps with more potent acidics. Sometimes the pain is so agonizing I throw up and then drink milk which is a quick fix but I haven't forced myself to throw up in years.

Spicey foods don't bother me but again I have always eaten spicey foods my body could have adjusted. It's really when I consume large meals with carbonated drinks and/orliqour. The doctors put me on this acid relfex med ( I forget the name) but it didn't seem to help. So I like everyone here am looking for an answer but most doctors don't want to help you if they don't know the answer. For now what upsets my stomach is, any type of hard liquor, especially mikes hard lemonade. I remember when I was a kid I had 2 of those and it hurt so bad I made myself throw up and some kids thought I got drunk off 2 beers lol.

anyway if anyone finds out anymore information please post it but I think it has to have something to do with the lining off our stomachs but doesn't sound like ulcers because I can eat batches of tomatoes just fine. I have a feeling it has something to do with my stomach and acid reflex because of the milk but we may just be allergic to certain alcoholic beverages and maybe if we continue to consume it our bodies will adjust to it, like maybe dog allergies. I don't know just theories from my experiences from being ok with drinking beer, wine and tequila but adapting my body to those drinks was absolutely agonizing. This actually happens to me maybe once a month since I am very careful, I think because it is so reoccurring I can hide it well and don't complain but I feel like one of those people from the movie alien right before the baby alien rips through their stomach to say hello.
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replied January 8th, 2010
Stomach pain after drinking
The same thing happens to me whenever I drink straight liquor, especially vodka or tequila. I am fine with beer, wine, or mixed drinks where the liquor is really diluted. Within several minutes of the vodka hitting my stomach I experience an excruciating burning sensation which lasts for several minutes. During that time I start sweating profusely (especially my face, which feels like it's on fire), and feel like I am going to pass out. After several minutes the sensation subsides and I can continue drinking, however I continue to experience waves of intense stomach pain over the next several days, which gradually lessen in intensity with each "wave". I always thought it felt like a stomach contraction, so the sphincter of Oddi spasming sounds likely to me, especially since the pain resolves almost as quickly as it began....I would assume the pain of an ulcer would be more consistent. I'm glad to hear that other people know what I am talking about. I'm tired of having friends tell me that I just can't handle alcohol!
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replied January 23rd, 2010
FYI> I'm 27 and only started experiencing this problem within the last couple years or so.

I experience the same pain and, in fact, experienced it about 10 minutes ago (and got online to see what the heck was up). After looking at a few pages describing ulcers, I'm not sure that's the problem as my pain fades fairly quickly, hardly ever more than 20 mins.

I first thought this was due to hard alcohol consumption, but after reading all these posts I realized that usually it happens when I mix hard alcohol with something else (most recently Smirnoff Black Cherry Vodka and Wild Cherry Pepsi), so I think it's connected to the sweetness/carbonation/etc. of the mixer and not necessarily the alcohol itself. Tonight I've had a handful of beers, maybe 4 or 5, with no problem. But two Black Cherry vodka and Pepsis and I get the searing pain.

The pain I experience is right below the ribs, at the "top" of my stomach. Water helps a little bit, and so does going to the bathroom. But nothing really relieves it. After putting up with it for the requisite 10 minutes it just kinda... vanished.

I am a fairly regular drinker and I don't get this all the time. It seems to happen only when I have carbonated/sugary mixed drinks, and even then not all the time (even with the same drink combinations!). I also eat spicy food on a regular basis and don't get this pain when I eat such. Salt, capsaicin, red meat... all the things that would aggravate a typical stomach problem don't bother me. Only hard liquor mixed with drinks such as soda (soda by itself has never caused this problem).

Not that this particularly helps anyone, but I wanted to add my experience to the chorus.
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replied January 24th, 2010
I have the same problem that most of you all have. The last 5 times or so I've drank an alcoholic beverage I've ended up with somewhat severe pain in the upper portion of my abdomen and it radiates to my back. This has only happened in the last 6 or 7 months, before that I was fine. The only drinks I usually have are mixed drinks (daiquiris and margaritas). The pain usually starts about 10-15 minutes after I finish my drink and only lasts for about 15-20 minutes. A couple times I honestly thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. I had a strawberry-mango daiquiri last night and that is the last drink I'm having because it is not worth it. I've been experiencing different stomach problems since July/August of last year. I had my gallbladder removed in December due to a gallstone. Still, I don't feel well. The pain after drinking occured probably 3 times before I had my gallbladder removed and 2 times since. It's so frustrating, I just want to be able to go out and have a drink with my friends and I can't even seem to do that. The irony in all of this is that all my problems started after losing weight. I decided to quit eating fast food, sweets, and drinking sugary drinks and start taking care of myself. Before then I was in perfert health, well at least I felt good. Now, I've had nothing but problems since then. I have lost 45 pounds since June. Oh well.
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replied January 30th, 2010
I too have this problem but the pain seems to radiate up into my chest. It is almost always after drinking alcoholic drinks that are sweet or wine. I have also had it happen when I have had nothing to drink or eat. It is an excruciating pain that makes me nauseous. I am diabetic so I don't drink often but no matter how far in between drinks (time period), I still have the pain every time!!!
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replied February 6th, 2010
stomach pain
hi im so glade that im not the only one im 26 and i started feeling pain about a 1 ago.It start right above my belly button and i feel like im going to die.I took a drink of a beer about 30 min ago and it started again what is this
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replied February 7th, 2010
drinking related pain
I too have experienced these episodes. Just 1 margarita on an empty stomach can trigger the extreme pain. I've been told by a breath alcohol specialist that I'm having a mild allergic reaction to the alcohol. The body is having a hard time absorbing the alcohol. So don't drink on any empty stomach! What a difference this makes, and drinking water does help to flush the alcohol faster.
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replied February 8th, 2010
I am 43. I have been drinking for years on occasion. I had never experienced this until about 4 years ago. My husband and I were dating at that time. We would enjoy a pitcher of frozen margaritas or pina colada's or daquiris from time to time. I began having these pains in my upper abdomen everytime I tried to drink them. It lasted 20-30 mins. We decided I was daquiri intolerent. I recently had an episode while drinking a rum and coke. Would love to learn more.
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replied February 19th, 2010
I 2 have this problem...........................................
I just wanted to say I too have the exact same symptoms. First time I remember this incedent I was 17 and drank a sprite in the morning. --15-20 min of intense pain. Usually happens with sweet alcholic drinks but have noticed it rarely with beer.

Tonight I drank a hot cider with buttershots (not even halfway finished with the glass)and I thought I was gonna die--- 20 min later felt better-- and decided to check online (and low and behold) there is all of you with the same symptoms....

Is there a Cure?
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replied February 25th, 2010
alcohol painz
i also get these pains im 22, but unlike you guys mine lasts all night totally ruines my night i can hardly move makes me so misrble aswel
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replied February 28th, 2010
Gall Bladder removal. How to make the pain stop!
Same here, i have been getting these pains for a few years now, i thought it was because i may have been allergic to some of the ingrediants in Alcholic drinks.
I get really embarrised when this happens, i either have to make myself sick, or eat something, which isnt good when you are on a night out! Once i eat i feel fine! After reading all your comments i relise it has something to do with not having a gall bladder. I had mine removed when i was 17, i am now nearly 22!
Apart from changing the alcholic drinks i drink whilst out, what else can i do to stop the pains?? As food is not always available.
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replied March 16th, 2010
Stomach pains
I am 26 and I have been getting these same pains for a few years now. It happens not only with sugary alcohol, but also with sugary sodas and other drinks--more often when my stomach is empty. I find the most agonizing part is the way the stomach pains seem to bonebreakingly and painfully tense up every muscle in my back and shoulders. I was told a few years back that I have a hiatal hernia and I'm wondering if this could be contributing at all. Does anyone else who is experiencing this have a hiatal hernia?
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replied May 29th, 2010
Ok first thing. HOLY HECK!. I thought i was the only one just like you guys. I always thought it could be due to an ulcer or something, but it largely happens when I drink things which i thought where high in sulfer Like Mike's hard lemonade or some whines. Some foods also cause discomfert for me, but not nearly as bad as some alcaholic beverages. COme to think, Even when I was back in my late teens (1Cool I had pains from doing sambuka shots or drinking on empty stomach.. If i drink Mike's I will be rheeling in agonizing pain, enough to make me not know what to do with my self, so much pain that crying wont even make it feel any better lol. If anyone has any more info on this can you pleas write me? Thanks!!
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replied July 1st, 2010
A WAY TO BEAT THE CRAMPS
!!!!!!!!!!WELL FOLKS I HAVE FOUND A CURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i also have the same problem after sweet os fizz alcoholic drinks. i was sitting at a bar as this pain come on and the bar maid who was around 60-70 asked if i was alright. I told her the problem and she went got me a glass with 35 ml of schepps peppermint in it. It instantly cures the pain in 3 to 4 seconds, peppermint chewing gum all so works but take little longer to work a min or so but i promise you this works.
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replied July 15th, 2010
upper abdominal pain with alcohol
Hi guys, same for me, mine started mid-early 20's to now 35. only way around it is to drink through it and god damn thats hard. The harder you drink the quiker it goes but the more it hurts. Trust me i aint saying that to be cool just got use to it over time. It started just on sweet drinks but now its all inc beer, spirits, wines, softdrink (orange, solo type). I'm felin ya!!!
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replied July 24th, 2010
I thought I was the only one! I'm so glad other people understand how I feel. My pain starts after consuming alcohol mixed with sweet drinks like juice or soda. The pain is terrible! It starts in my upper abdomen and radiates to my chest and shoulders....almost feels like I'm being filled up with hot lava! After 20 minutes it is gone. Now I stick with rum or vodka in diet soda or have a beer and all is good.
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