| | Hangover and alarming dizziness - Please Help!!!
About 4 years ago I started having a few beers every evening and this eventually lead to a case of beer almost every night (a very stessful event occurred in my life at the time) . This went on for about a year and a half and after many prayers, false starts and stops and a lot of trembling, sweats, anxiety and panic attacks, I was finally able to quit. I also quit smoking/chewing and went on nicotine gum at this time.
I did'nt touch a drop of alcohol, nor did I smoke or chew for a about 2 years but a month or two ago, I began having a few 1-2 OZ shot glasses of Gin w/ Lemon-lime soda each evening and eventually reached a point where I was having 3-4 drinks each evening. At first, it just made me "feel good" and it relaxed me. However, I have begun noticing that the hangovers have been getting worse and worse the long I keep driking and regardless of the amount I drink. I don't get the headaches but instead, I wake up at between 1-3 AM in the mornings feeling extremely dizzy with vertigo (the "spins") and lightheadedness.
Yesterday evening was probably the worse case I've had so far because I began drinking at about 1:30PM and stopped at about 4:00PM. I only had three drinks and at about 7:00PM I could feel the hangover really begin to kick in and I was constantly dizzy for hours (which puzzled me because I usually only feel like this in the middle of the night!).
Anyway, my main question is this. Why was I able to drink a case of beer every day for a year and a half and NEVER get dizzy but this time around I'm drinking gin and I get almost debilitating dizziness from it once the hangover starts?. Is my age (43) making it difficult for me to "handle" alcohol anymore?. Do I have some hidden disease that the alcohol is making worse?. Even when I've tried just driking beer again, I still get alarmingly dizzy and although I know that dizzines IS a symptom of hangovers, why was'nt I dizzy for the whole year and a half I was driking a case of beer each day?.
A little about me. I a take a Lorazepam in the mornings, suffer from anxiety, panic, hypochondria, depression, GERD, GAD, IBS, allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. Not much else to tell. I just don't understand why I get so dizzy after drinking. It was'nt like this at ALL before.
- Regards, Lonely Traveler