Frequently Asked Questions About Alcohol, Hot Flashes, and Night Sweats

Do you ever drink alcohol and then get a hot flash? If so, you’re not alone!

Many women experience a histamine response to alcohol, which can cause a sudden rush of heat.

In this blog post, we will explore the relationship between alcohol and hot flashes. We’ll also offer some tips on how to keep from getting a hot flash when you drink!

Why do I get a hot flash when I drink alcohol?

It’s estimated that up to 75% of menopausal women experience hot flashes. And for some women, alcohol can trigger these hot flashes. So why does this happen?

When you drink alcohol, your body releases a chemical called histamine. This chemical is responsible for the dilation of blood vessels, which can cause a sudden flush of heat for women of any age. This is why you may notice your face feeling red and warm after a few drinks! 

How do I avoid getting a hot flash when I drink alcohol?

There are a few things you can do to avoid getting a hot flash when you drink alcohol. First, try to drink in moderation. If you know that alcohol tends to trigger your hot flashes, limit yourself to one or two drinks. Second, avoid drinks that are already high in histamine, such as red wine or beer. And third, drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated will help to keep your body temperature down. And finally, consider taking a non-drowsy antihistamine before you drink, which can help to prevent the release of histamine.

Does my glass of wine before bed affect my sleep?

It’s no secret that alcohol can interfere with sleep. It can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and make it difficult to fall back asleep (not to mention the extra trips to the bathroom). But did you know that drinking alcohol before bed can also cause hot flashes? That’s because your body temperature starts to rise a few hours after you drink, which can trigger a hot flash. So, if you’re having trouble sleeping, it’s best to avoid alcohol in the evening.

Can alcohol cause night sweats?

Yes, alcohol can cause night sweats. In fact, hot flashes and night sweats are two of the most common side effects of drinking alcohol. If you find that alcohol is causing you to wake up in a sweat, try cutting back on your intake or avoiding alcohol altogether starting several hours before bed.

If you’re experiencing hot flashes, there’s no need to give up alcohol entirely. Just be mindful of your intake and take steps to avoid triggering a hot flash.  As always, please remember to drink responsibly! Enjoy alcohol in moderation and never drink and drive. If you need help with continual hot flashes and night sweats, please give us a call.  Our newest New Braunfels location is accepting new patients.

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