Those that have alcohol intolerance will find it easy to diagnose it. Though there are a variety of symptoms associated with this condition, the fact that these symptoms appear nearly immediately after drinking alcohol is a strong clue. Though generally not considered to be life threatening, the symptoms can be quite unpleasant.
This problem is caused by the bodies inability to properly break down alcohol in the system. Under normal circumstances, once alcohol enters the system, the toxins are broken down and eliminated. Intolerant individuals have systems that are not capable of performing this function. This condition has been linked to genetics, and there is no way to predict who will or will not suffer from alcohol intolerance.
Allergies can also trigger this condition. There are many different ingredients in alcoholic beverages, any one of which someone could be allergic to. This could be any of the grains, corn, or even some of the preservatives that are used in making the product.
The most common symptoms include flushed skin and nasal congestion. Nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain can also occur. Breathing problems, heartburn, headaches, and rapid heartbeat have also been reported. The severity of each of these symptoms will vary by person, and vary by how much alcohol was consumed.
Those that are just mildly intolerant will not need to seek medical attention for any of these symptoms. However, if the level of intolerance is high, and the symptoms are severe, medical attention should be sought.
Those that have never had any problem with drinking alcohol before will want to consider visiting their physician to see if there is any underlying medical condition that is causing their body to no longer be able to tolerate alcohol. Though this is rare, it is worth checking out.
There is also the possibility that certain medications can interact with alcohol and cause the individual to not be able to tolerate it. Alcohol and medications often do not mix, and in some cases can cause serious side effects, and even death. Speak to your doctor about any associated risks that may come from taking your medications and drinking.
There is no prescription medication available to help with this condition. There are also no over-the-counter medications for it either. Some people do choose to take antihistamines, as they can help with allergic reactions. However, antihistamines will not be effective if the intolerance level is high.
There is only one cure for alcohol intolerance, and that is abstinence. Some people may be able to still drink alcohol if they are able to pinpoint specific ingredients that they are allergic to. Armed with this information, these individuals are advised to carefully read product labels, and avoid any beverage that contains problematic ingredients.