Many people consume alcohol on a daily basis but are unaware of how alcohol can affect them. Today we are discussing how alcohol affects individuals that are lactose intolerant and individuals that are lactose intolerant but also have IBS, ulcerative colitis, chron’s disease or celiac disease.
Does Alcohol affect me if I am Lactose Intolerant?
Consuming alcohol will not affect an individual that is lactose intolerant unless the alcohol consumed contains dairy.
Which alcoholic drinks contain dairy?
The following alcoholic drinks may contain dairy:
- Wine: Dairy is used in the production of wine during the fining stage. The dairy is removed from the wine by the final stage of the production. Even though most of the dairy is removed from the wine, individuals that are severely lactose intolerant should be very cautious when consuming wine as traces amount of lactose may be present.
- Rum: Rum is sometimes mixed with dairy creams that contain dairy. Always read the ingredients if you are unsure
- Amarula Creams
- Pina Coladas
- White Russians
- Other Cream Liquors
If you consume alcohol that does not contain dairy but develops symptoms similar to lactose intolerance such as diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea, you could be suffering from alcohol intolerance.
Yes! Alcohol intolerance does exist! Alcohol intolerance occurs when the body cannot break down toxins in the alcohol. Other ingredients in alcohol can also cause alcohol intolerance. These include sulfites or other preservatives, grains such as corn, wheat or rye; or a histamine formed as a byproduct during fermentation or brewing.
In addition to the symptoms above, other symptoms of alcohol intolerance include:
- Facial redness (flushing)
- Itchy bumps and redness on skin
- Worsening of asthma
Many individuals that are lactose intolerance also suffer from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Celiac Disease. Does alcohol have an effect on these ailments?
IBS and Alcohol
Alcohol can trigger IBS. This is because alcohol is a strong gastrointestinal irritant that causes abdominal pain, bloating and constipation.
Ulcerative Colitis and Alcohol
Consumption of alcohol causes an aggressive inflammatory response in the gut, decreases the protective molecules in the gut and increases the bowel permeability. This results in the worsening of ulcerative colitis.
Chron’s Disease and Alcohol
Alcohol consumption can result in abdominal pain if consumed by an individual that has chron’s disease. Many individuals that are diagnosed with chron’s disease have a higher tolerance to alcohol consumption when compared to individuals that suffer from IBS and ulcerative colitis. It is advisable for individuals to drink alcohol with low sugar content and to drink in moderation.
Celiac Disease and Alcohol
Individuals that suffer from celiac disease can drink alcohol that is gluten-free and lactose-free (if you are lactose intolerant). It is important to note that distilled alcohol is gluten-free, because the distilling process removes the gluten proteins. Alcohols that are safe to drink due to distillation include vodka, gin, champagne, scotch and whiskey. Many wines are gluten-free as they are made from grapes, but be careful of wines that contain flour or white seals.
My advice is that every individual should know their body and be aware of how alcohol affects them. Once you learn your body, you can make your own decision about how much alcohol you can consume, or even consuming alcohol will be good or not. Learning about your body will help you to understand how much alcohol you can tolerate.
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NB: ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF ALCOHOL IS SAFE FOR YOU TO CONSUME.