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ALCOHOL + ASTHMA = NO FUN (who knew?)

I am not a regular drinker but I do like a glass of wine or a fruity alcoholic beverage from time to time.  I limit myself to one drink when I am out with friends and possibly a couple when I am with my husband.  Now that I am getting a bit older and my body is not reacting the same from 15, 10 and even 5 years ago. . .I have to admit, it kind of sucks!

Last night, I was out with girlfriends and decided to have a fruity little drink. Nothing out of the ordinary for me and I had not had a problem before.  After taking a sip of this very fruity and minty drink within 15 minutes my airway started to tighten up.  I thought it would subside but it got worse.  By the time I got home. . .it was no joke.  Luckily, I had my asthma medicine and got through the night, but it was NOT fun.  So, until I talk to my doctor, no more drinks for me.  Not cool!

Of course, like any human being, I started to search the internet for any article that could explain what had happened and several studies came up.  WebMD had an interesting article that I can base my experience from and discuss with my doctor this week. 

REMEMBER what you read on the web is not necessarily true BUT can trigger a good conversation with you and your doctor.   Check it out.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis

WebMD Health News

April 4, 2000 -- Some asthmatics learn the hard way that drinking alcohol can trigger the wheezing, coughing symptoms of an asthma attack. A new study lends credibility to that link, and suggests that chemicals, such as sulfite preservatives in wine, may be the cause of these attacks.

Of all the alcoholic drinks included in the study, "wines were clearly the major offenders," says Hassan Vally, BSc (Hons), author of the study in the March issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Vally is a researcher with the department of medicine at the University of Western Australia and the Asthma and Allergy Research Institute in Western Australia.

The basis for Vally's study was a questionnaire sent to members of the Asthma Foundation of Western Australia. More than 350 members were included in the study, ranging in age from 18 to 83 years, with an average age of 48.

They were asked when their asthma was diagnosed, how severe it was, what typically triggered attacks, and what asthma medications they were taking. They were also questioned about whether they had ever had an allergic, allergic-like, or asthmatic reaction to any alcoholic drinks. Specific drinks were listed: red and white wine, champagne, fortified wines (such as sherry and port), beer, and spirits (like brandy, whisky and vodka). A checklist of asthmatic symptoms was also included.


Overall, 43% of the respondents reported having allergic or allergic-like reactions to various alcoholic drinks. Thirty-three percent said alcohol had brought on asthma symptoms, with 26% saying asthma was the main adverse symptom they experienced after drinking.


Posted on July 25, 2013 .