CFS and Alcohol

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ABCDfamily, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. ABCDfamily

    ABCDfamily New Member

    Does anyone tolerate alcohol? I have wheat allergies and I am not supposed to consume sugar. I am basically to be living on a carb free, sugar free diet. Most alcohol has wheat in it including vodka. All these years I thought vodka was made from potatoes but it does include wheat. Because of some of the funcutions I attend I am trying to find a safe social drink which takes wine out of picture. Wine makes me break out so I have always avoided it.

    Do you guys have any suggestions on what would be safe in social settings when having a cocktail?

    Thanks for your time and I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

  2. Lolalee

    Lolalee New Member

    Even before I got sick there were times when I would attend a social event and not want to drink alcohol. On these occasions I would order Club Soda and lime with a swizzle stick. I looked like an alcoholic beverage and it was refreshing. I always felt like "the pressure was off". If anyone happened to comment, I would say that I was taking medication and couldn't have alcohol.

  3. ABCDfamily

    ABCDfamily New Member

    I like to have a social drink from time to time.
  4. msSusan

    msSusan Member

    You may want to try potato vodka from Luksusova, Zodiak or Glacier. I have same issue with wheat, barley, corn, rye and sugar with fibro. Causes pain!
  5. place

    place New Member

    I have wheat allergies but it not from that but the fermenting. I can’t have any beer. Wine or liquor that is “aged”.

    The only thing I can tolerate is Cheap vodka. The cheaper the better! I tried the potato vodka, but it was fermented to long.

    However, it tends to wake me up in the middle of the night and I get severly depressed for an hour or so around 2-3 in the morning.

    But if I eat and drink lots of water after the drink, I don't have this problem.
  6. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I rarely drink anything with alcohol in it anymore because of medications. My CFS doctor also told me that a lot of people with CFS become alcohol intolerant. He included alcohol with my do nots along with artificial sweeteners, sugar,& tobacco.

    It happened to my husband. Suddenly if he had ANY alcohol, he became very ill. He has FM. It was "expected" of him in his business to entertain clients. He definitely changed his life but he is on meds now also so he could not drink now either if he physically could. It was amazing. It happened overnight with him.

    Our life changed dramatically. We use to like nice wine with dinner. Oh well, it would be nice now to be able to go out to dinner.

    I hope you find an answer.
  7. BlueSky555

    BlueSky555 New Member

    I do apologize but I can't help you here. Before all of these health problems, I used to drink a light beer but just can't drink anything now; also on meds which will not allow it.

    There are times when I wish I could cause I probably would, lol!

    Hope you find some answers,

  8. Adl123

    Adl123 New Member

    Dear Audry,
    I have such a hard time with alcohol, that if I even consume a little accidentally, I suffer extreme pain as it travels through my veins. It is really excruciating..

    When I'm in an environment where people are drinking, I usually have a mineral water witha twist. Or, if it is the type of gathering where people bring bottles. I take non-alcoholic wine or beer. I don't know if non-alcoholic beer has wheat.

    Good luck.


    well I guess I would consider myself one I had to drink everyday, and I used to drink diet coke and bourbon or beer. This was about 5 years ago. My drinking was self medication because It would make me happier and I wasn't as paniced and shy around others, after my husband and I separated for about 3 months we realized that our relationship was more important and I quit cold turkey and now I may drink one drink a year! It actually makes me sick now...maybe now that my fibo/cfs has progressed I feel the same as you folks, I can't tolerate it anymore. It's funny something that I had to have everyday is something that I can absolutely turn down without a problem!

    Take care!

  10. Prunella

    Prunella New Member

    I don't do well with alcohol either,but every now and then I will have a drink socially and that one drink will last me all evening. Wine gives me headaches and I also avoid gluten. I seem to do OK with a Screwdriver (vodka and orange juice) or a Fuzzy Navel (peach schnapps and OJ)which I am always a little embarrased to order! I thought vodka was safe for gluten free.

    I do know that rum is safe for gluten free, but as great as a Rum and Coke tastes, I won't drink Coke because of the sugar and additives. Are there any other healthier drinks with rum that can be ordred?

    BTW, when I was in H.S., I worked in a nursing home and I noticed that that the most normal patients there were the ones who also got a small glass of sherry every evening. On those nites when I can't fall alseep, I notice that a small (really small for me) glass of sherry really works. And if you buy sherry, buy the good stuff. The cheap sherry tastes terrible! I tried ordering it in a restaurant and was very dissapointed.

    We had several social events this weekend and the Fuzzy Navel carried me thru!

    Boy, nver thought I would have so much to say about alcohol!

    Also, when I was at my worst with this illness, I don't think I could have handled alcohol at all and now I just have it in extreme moderation.

    If you are on meds, be careful about taking alcohol! I am not on any meds.
  11. sascha

    sascha Member

    my aunt has extreme reaction to wheat, but did like tequila a lot. you could have a very light-on-the-tequila margarita maybe.

    i can't drink much at all anymore because it triggers symptoms, but still once in a while i LOVE having a tiny bit of wine with lots of ice and Perrier or Pelligrino. when i'm in a restaurant i order one wine, a tall glass of ice, sparkling water, and i make that drink last a couple of hours. i seem to have little-no effect from the wine, yet i enjoy the sensation of having a drink with the other people.

    cheers- sascha
  12. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    Hmmmmmmm, I can't drink alcohol anymore either and sometimes I miss it. But I was surprised here to see people who think they "have to" drink alcohol for social reasons. Alcoholics don't feel the need to drink alcohol to impress anyone and no one criticizes them.

    One thing I notice with PWCs is our tendancy to be people pleasers. Maybe it's (past?) time to look to our own best interests.

  13. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    I dont tolerate alcohol at all well, it can bring on a relapse therefore I rarely drink.

    I dont know what's safe, alcohol is alcohol. However if you are on the rare social occassion then try one or two. Thats what I do. If you are socialising on a frequent basis then I'd stick to soft drinks.

  14. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    I would love to have a drink or two and used to be somewhat of a party animal.

    Since I got this stupid DD, cannot even have one drink without feeling sick and having a lousy hangover which turns into a flare. Not even a glass of wine :(

    I do miss having a drink, especially in the summer. Love daiquiris, margaritas.....sigh....

    Sue in Ontario

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