Red wine headaches a problem? Some people experience a painful headache, nausea and red flushing of the face after drinking even one glass of red wine. And it does not take that long to occur.
In fact, if you are one of the unfortunate people who are sensitive to red wine, you can get a headache from drinking even a small amount—in just 15 minutes!
How do you know that this is not a stress or tension headache? Unlike tension headaches, red wine headaches are pretty predictable. You drink the wine, and you get the headache. Every time.
However, there is another possibility. People under stress sometimes drink to ease the emotional pain. If stress is the underlying reason that you drink wine, then relieving the stress and gaining control is the answer to that challenge.
If you drink too much red wine and get a headache, hours later, that is not a red wine headache. It’s called a hangover headache. And this one is avoidable!
Red Wine Headaches Mystery
Experts disagree about why some people get red wine headaches and others do not. And why people who get red wine headaches don’t get white wine headaches.
Here are some of the possibilities:
- Histamines – A very small percentage of people are allergic to histamines, and those people could have a reaction to the histamines in wine. However, a study by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was conducted in Feb. 2001 on people who get red wine headaches. The study used people who were sensitive to red wine and indicated that there is no difference in reactions to low or high levels of histamines.
- Sulfites – Sulfites are found in sausage, hot dogs and lunch meat in addition to red wines. For years doctors believed that sulfites caused red wine headaches. However, recent findings indicate that this is not the case. Dr. Fred Freitag (Diamond Headache Clinic, Chicago, IL) has stated, “Sulfites can cause an allergic reaction, but they give headaches only to asthmatics. The more common problem to sulfites is a breathing problem.”
- Tannins – Tannins are the element that gives wine a bitter aftertaste. They come from the skin, seeds and stems and they give red wine its color. Because red wine is fermented longer, it picks up more tannins than white wine.Tannin flavonoids cause a release of serotonin when you drink a glass of red wine. It is known that serotonin can cause a migraine headache sufferer to get a headache. However, experts still don’t know if it can cause a non-migraine sufferer to get one.
Red Wine Headaches a Mystery
In addition to these substances, there may be other components of red wine that cause headaches.
No one really knows, so, if you get a headache after drinking a glass of red wine, it’s best to simply avoid red wine. If you think you are drinking too much wine, this program will help you get your drinking under control.
The mystery of red wine and headaches has not been solved yet, and it may not be resolved for a long time…