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Old 04-14-2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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Vodka Intolerance

Hi everyone!

I've never had a problem with drinking alcohol before, but recently everytime I drink, I get a rash across my chest and neck and my cheeks go bright red. The last time I drank, I also got bright red knuckles and a blotchy rash that went up my forearms. I was drinking wine and smirnoff ice (not mixed together) and I suspect it was the smirnoff ice that did it as when I just drink wine I don't seem to get the problem. Is it possible that I'm allergic to vodka, or some other ingridient in the smirnoff ice (WKD also has the same effect)?

I would appreciate any help on this. I've stopped drinking vodka drinks now as everytime I have the alcopop type drinks the rash is getting worse.

Anna xx

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Old 06-04-2006, 03:50 PM   #2
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Re: Vodka Intolerance

alcohol is a vasodilator...The alcohol content in vodka is higher than in wine. Also it is not entirely uncommon to develop and allergy even after years of ingesting the substance. Does the rash itch or is it just bothersome? I would consult with your MD however to have an exam and blood work It is always better to air on the side of caution....I would tea total it until I have more definitive answers.

Old 11-03-2006, 05:02 PM   #3
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Re: Vodka Intolerance

I too have developed an severe intolerance to alcohol of any kind. This all started several years ago with the Dx of Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. I was told both are related and also both can have symptoms of alcohol intolerance.

Just this evening I had a very small bloody mary and within 5 minutes, my cheeks and nose were flame red, my ears got hot and red, my fingers swelled up and my head felt like it was ready to explode. My nose got very stuffy also.

Really bums me out and I wish there was something that could be done about it. Not sure why the 2 syndromes I have are related.

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Old 11-04-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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Re: Vodka Intolerance

Well, one thing you should be aware of is that smirnoff ice doesn't actually contain any vodka. If you read the package carefully, it is a "flavored malt beverage" and therefore more like a relative of beer, rather than hard liquor. So you might have some sort of an issue with that type of drink.

Anyway, if wine doesn't bother you and the other stuff does, it seems like the solution is obvious.

I can't drink beer (but I can drink the "flavored malt beverages", so I'm not sure what the difference is there). I can drink everything else with no problem. But even the smallest amount of beer (like a few sips) will cause serious GI issues the next morning. So I just choose not to drink beer. I'll order something else, or just not drink if beer is the only thing available.

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