I realise this is a strange question and possibly not related to coeliac disease at all, but I was curious if anyone has noticed similar.
I used to be a moderate drinker with a high tolerance. I didn't drink often but, when I did, I could polish off a big bottle of wine and still feel okay. I definitely 'held my own' with my friends who were more regular drinkers.
When I became symptomatic with coeliac disease at age 18, I noticed a lack of tolerance for alcohol. At the time, I didn't know all my issues were down to coeliac but I did cut back on drinking in order to feel better. After my diagnosis and subsequent gluten free diet, one of the first things I noticed was how little I could drink before getting very, very drunk.
In the past year, I have been so very careful with my diet. I once heard someone say that for the first year or so of going GF, you're not, because you're still learning, taking risks, and making mistakes. For me, that's very true. Now, though, I don't take risks, eat out, or in any way put myself in the chance of ingesting gluten. I've noticed that if I drink more than half a glass of wine, or a small rum and coke, I will get very nauseous, headache-y, and generally miserable. The first few mouthfuls go straight to my head, and I can get quite dizzy very quickly. This is true of all (safe) alcohols I've tried since going 100% GF.
I love wine. I love the occasional drink, so I'm sad that I can no longer seem to tolerate alcohol.
Is anyone else in the same boat?
ETA: Looks like this is relatively common, which begs the question of just what exactly is causing this in GF folks.
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- Sudden lack of alcohol tolerance?