Re: allergic to alcohol
Yes, I agree with JaneWhite1. In addition, there is a condition called "histamine intolerance" you may want to check into. It is caused by deficiency in a particular enzyme needed to metabolize histamines that occur in food and drinks. This is not a regular food allergy and will not show up on allergy tests. Do a search on the term and you will find lots of information and food lists. Basically, most people have the ability to metabolize the histamines in food. People that lack enough of this enzyme can have issues with ingested histamines, and then experience allergy symptoms, flushing, bloating, etc. The reason the reaction can vary from time to time is that, while certain foods are known to have histamines in them, the amount can vary from serving to serving or batch to batch. Some of the foods have the histamines in them because of undergoing fermentation as part of their processing, and this is where alcohol comes in. One of the lists I saw stated that, if you have this intolerance, the alcohols that are safer are rum, vodka and gin. It will be interesting to see if you respond differently to those than to things like beer and wine. (I've wondered myself if that's why some people seem to get drunker on beer and wine than on hard liquors!) Good luck and keep us posted!