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02-25-2009, 02:41 PM
My question is this - the last time I had a bit of alcohol - I woke up the next morning feeling like I was literally dying. I felt like it took a week to recover.

Apart from the occasional glass of wine I do not drink often - possibly 4 times a year and when I do drink I get tipsy pretty quickly because I don't have much tolerance for alcohol.(I am the cheap cheerful drunk - 2 glasses and I feel like belting out a tune - unfortunately I cannot sing...or tap dance)

However I rarely have any side effects because I probably dont drink that much, but the last time I had some margaritas I was feeling pretty down and out because I had all these unexplained symptoms and no clues about the Lupus thing. Now I am wondering if alcohol is one of those bad things that Lupus people need to avoid. I cannot even face the odd glass of wine - it is kind of like when you go off something after a bad experience. I am wondering if it is psychological or is my body telling me something.

02-25-2009, 03:03 PM
Hey Chas, nice name btw :D

I used to be a really heavy drinker more of a binger than anything else from when i was 17 up to last year actually, i cant do it any more ive been out several times with my friends this year and i cant drink like i used to, i suffer for the week, oh and being on methotrexate as well just isnt the done thing, its so hard to give it up tho i had to shut myself away for 2 weeks to get the thought out of my head, i wasnt an alcoholic or anything but very much borderline on that one, now ive cut alcohol out of my life completely, i go to the pub and moight have one, but dont drink to excess which is cool with me now, all my mates no i dont drink like i used too anymore, dunno about the lupus side of things but it aint good stuff, in any case get better highs off all the meds :D


02-25-2009, 03:24 PM
Hi chas;

I still imbibe a bit - but the only lupus med I'm on is plaquenil. If I do go through a period of taking Rx strength advil or such, I do not drink. I don't want to risk a stomach bleed, as I know that can be a side effect.

Never was one to drink to excess, or even to do a pub crawl (I'll leave that to iseedeadmonkey's past!), but having wine with dinner or a scotch on the rocks in the evening is about it.

Not sure if lupus has lowered my "tolerance" - as I never had THAT high a tolerance to begin with!

02-25-2009, 04:18 PM
I don't know if it has anything to do with lupus.. for my dr's are testing me and retesting me for lupus and they seem to think I really have it. I have good days and bad days but I'll tell you that nothing is worse than the day after I drink. I never used to get hangovers but now it's like it just makes me feel like crap the next day... I like that you said you felt like you were dying because that is exactly how I felt. I'm going to just take it easy until I get a diagnosis and even then pry just start drinking small amounts.. I don't drink often at all but when I do drink I like to get wild lol. About 6 times a year I like to get wild... but now I might be giving that up pretty quickly lol.

02-26-2009, 03:45 PM
hi chas,

I too have noticed that two drinks will put me under the table...never had that problem. I have been wondering, myself, if it is lupus or med related. interesting that several of us are experiencing the same thing.

02-27-2009, 03:22 AM
Yeah it was my past, only way i could deal with things back then :(

times have changed for the better tho im happy to say and i feel so much more alive waking up hangover free, i did it for myself, there was no reason for me to carry on drinking, i left my home got a new house in a different village and have started a fresh,
i still like to go to the pub with my friends but i dont drink to access only have like 3 and im very tipsy, (as heidi knows lol) very cheap date haha, but it doesnt bother me anymore its not summin i "need" anymore


02-27-2009, 06:19 AM
I use to drink every weekend out with my mates when i was like 15/16/17, but since my lupus has started I have such an intolerance, 4 drinks and i'll be hungover for the whole of the next day, so I dont drink much anymore. Which is hard when your a 19 year old student lol.

Angel Oliver
02-27-2009, 08:17 AM

Yes i think alcahol can make you feel really low if not taken in moderation. I used to always be out at a club dancing the night away without fail, it never bothered me at all. Now, i know how low i feel if i drink.But saying that, it only takes 2 shandy's now and im tipsy....what a cheap date i am lol :)
So just have shandy's or just stay away from it. You can still have a good time on lemonades with lemons and ice.Just pretend there is vodka in it....i do :) (Well when i eventually go out).


sick n tired
02-28-2009, 11:13 PM
I don't have much problem on alcohol. I don't drink much anyway. I did notice one thing and it is probably nothing. When I am upset and actually try to take something like wine to calm me down it doesn't do it. It is like I am drinking water in effect. I can down 2,3,or4 and never feel the effects. If I am just socially drinking one can make me tipsy. Weird, huh?
and those times I was with my mom and siblings...enough to make anyone want to get rip- roaring- drunk and nothing happened.

03-01-2009, 04:23 AM
hey I used to drink a LOT I mean mucho.... hehe
Now I don't drink that much but a few drinks does numb the pain and help me sleep..

I have noticed tho that I am better off staying on the one drink and preferable a "clean" spirit like Vodka or Bourbon...
Beer or mix drinks make me sooooooooo groggy the next day...

But the spirits are fine..... :d

03-01-2009, 10:41 AM
I too have noticed that two drinks will put me under the table

Two drinks for me will put me on TOP of the table! LOL.

Seriously, a wee bit of liquor (one glass of wine) definitely makes me tipsy compared to the old days when I could drink a couple of mixed cocktails and still be functional.

03-03-2009, 04:02 PM
Just wondering if anyone has been medically advised to steer clear of the demon liquid.

Angel Oliver
03-03-2009, 04:06 PM
Hi yes ...me....what a surprise. When i was taking anti depressants.Im not on them now, but have just started a new pill for anxiety and pain.My Doctor did tell me NO alcohol and it says it on the box. It interferes with the drug and can make you feel quite low or make the drug less potent.

How are you today? xxx

03-03-2009, 09:21 PM
Hi Chas,

I can't have a half of glass and I am snoring under the table and loopy!! I don't drink because of not tolerating it well. I was told not to drink it because of certain meds that I take.

Take care,


Mary Jane
03-03-2009, 11:13 PM
I too am a cheap drunk...I feel the affects after one or two...depending on what the drink is. I first noticed it along with memory problems when I had a seizure eight years ago. They told me I had epilepsy. For 5 years I was on anti-seizure meds...until the docs in Stanford diagnosed me with Lupus and took me off the seizure meds. I don't drink often, but once in awhile on special occassions, I like to have 1 or 2....like I said cheap drunk, it doesn't take much.

03-04-2009, 06:26 AM
I used to drink quite a bit in my younger days. That got old after a few years though. My neuro and rheumo have both told me a drink or two from time to time is OK for me. I'll have a Guinness once in awhile, or sip a shot of Patron when I go out for Mexican food. Like anything you consume, moderation is the best policy, and definitely make sure your various Dr's and specialists say it's OK, and that the alchohol will not have a undesired combined effect on any meds you are taking, especially pain and sleep meds.

03-05-2009, 11:29 AM
I had a small glass of bubbles last night at a dinner - 2 hours later a sinus flood begins. Maybe the demon drink isn't so good. Mt throat was so irritated. Or maybe it was the Malaysian food...oh...now I am re-thinking the whole deal. Will carry out this out again with bland food.