Let’s tackle the obvious first: did you overindulge? Maybe “one more couldn’t hurt” at night’s end? If you’re guilty as charged, then you know exactly why there’s a pounding in your noggin. But if that’s not the case, discover more about wine headaches—and how to enjoy so they’re not an unwelcome morning wake-up call—below:
Why Wine Headaches Happen, and What to Do
Consider … We’re not doctors, but we’re pretty sure sulfites didn’t give you that headache. We do have other food for thought, though. Read on!
Consider … choosing whites over reds if you don't overindulge and still get headaches. If you suspect a histamine issue, ask your doctor, who may suggest antihistamines, vitamin B6 or an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen, naproxen and others). But don't self-diagnose: ask!
Consider … checking with your doctor. Already feel it coming on in the middle of a wine tasting sesh? Drinking one glass of water for every glass of wine to stay hydrated is a smart practice. Alternating wine and water for the best hydration won’t “cure” tyramine sensitivity, but staying hydrated is never a bad idea.
Consider … choosing a sparkling that’s made the old-fashioned way, where tiny bubbles are created as nature intended.
Consider … drinking responsibly and always having wine with food. If you’re out wine tasting, check in advance about on-site nibbles and pack your own if you must. If you do tip back a few too many, try some of these:
- Drink fruit juice before bed so the fructose can help speed the alcohol through your system.
- You can also eat crackers and honey for the same reason.
- Drink bouillon to replace lost salt and potassium. (Obviously not all of the above at once!)
- In the morning, eat as much of a good meal as possible, and consider an NSAID or vitamin B6.
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