I admit it: I have a drinking problem. But mainly only with white wine, not with red wine. And always with bubbles.
No, it’s not an addiction – far from it.
I’ll illustrate this with an immediately regrettable decision I made on Christmas morning: I had half a glass of champagne and by lunchtime the familiar sting had crept into my temples.
I was grumpy, angry, and had nothing to eat. Pain medication didn’t help and the terrible feeling didn’t go away until this morning. And I am not alone.
Friends report itchy, red eyes after a glass of wine or cocktail, while others have blotchy skin or even muscle pain.
Dr. Rubaiyat Haque explains that some people lack an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase in the liver, which is involved in the metabolism of alcohol. Pictured: archive image
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