Alcohol after stroke

Hi. Has anyone else found they cant drink alcohol after a stroke? Im not talking about binge drinking but just a single glass of wine that now seems to go straight to my head and make me very sleepy and woozy?! Is it just because Im so tired in the evening or can I suddenly not tolerate a small amount of alcohol?

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Hi Apple, I have found that the level of alcohol that I can tolerate has reduced. It does seem to increase the effects of the fatigue that I experience post stroke. One or two pints of standard strength beer is my limit or just one pint of premium strength beer. That would be limited to just one or two evenings per week. Sometimes I just opt for the low alcohol or zero alchohol beers. For me it is more important to be able to get out for some banter with my mates.

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I also cannot tolerate alcohol, I had my 1st glass of wine at Xmas after nearly two years and felt so strange, straight to my head and strange tingling as well. That will be the last!!! Not going to feel like that again thank you!!!
Best wishes, Jane.

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@Apple I’m the same I cannot tolerate it. I always feel unwell after so there’s no point.

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Half a Carling lager was my drink of choice but I find I can’t finish a half since my stroke … it just doesn’t taste the same anymore so I don’t bother :disappointed:

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Thanks everyone- looks as if Ive had my lastglass of wine too! Not that Ive ever drunk much but do enjoy a glass when we are out with friends. Yet another thing this stroke has taken away from me

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My experience is a little different.
I’m ok with sharing a bottle of wine with Lea my wife or have a 500ml bottle of 5% beer a couple of times a week. We normally make a bottle of wine last 2 some time 3 meals

When we went too neighbors at Christmas. I had 3 glasses of wine & wasnt affected at the time but the following day was fatigued & more wobbly then normal

I do think any alcohol leads to a disturbed night and I can fall asleep in the sofa after a glass

We’ve explored the AF ranges and found quite a few beers that are really good but no wine that we even call a tolerable attempt at the real thing

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Hi Simon. I found I had a very disturbed night after 2 glasses of wine. Normally I can sleep for England! I wonder why alcohol seems to affect us after a stroke? Must be a reason - for me after one glass I’m wobbly and feel as if I have drunk a whole bottle - not that I’ve ever drunk a bottle of wine in one go! Oh well maybe it will get better with time! One can hope!

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Ive found it gets better over the last 2 years
A bottle of beer is now an occasional Friday night treat when I’ve done a lot in the garden or elsewhere

How long is it for you?

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Just 3 months. Just three months

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Could be early days yet then
In the brain 1st the swelling subsides, then the reallocation of function that you repeatedly demand/ encounter which has a cascade effect on other things

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Hi, drinking after a stroke is definitely different. I thoroughly enjoyed a glass or two of wine before my stroke. I have since found that my taste in wine has changed slightly, I always preferred a dry white wine but now drink a slightly sweeter blush. I find 2 small glasses is my limit, I’m quite wobbly when I walk and wouldn’t feel safe trying to walk after more than 2 glasses.

I think it’s important to find your limit and what works for you.

Regards Sue

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Hi @Apple - it’s very early days for you. After my stroke (four years ago now) it took me a while to even want a glass of wine. It must have been maybe six months before I tried a glass and after that I gradually went back to drinking the same as I had done prior to the stroke.
I now have one glass of wine on perhaps five days a week as I like sipping it while cooking. When out with friends I’ve been known to have two glasses!
I’m not advocating anyone drinking to excess as obviously it’s a risk factor for stroke but I’m comfortable with what I have.
Best wishes

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Thats about what I like to drink! Oh well maybe it will improve with time! Not the end of the world!!

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It’s been the same for me. Right after my stroke I couldn’t tolerate any alcohol–for many weeks–maybe months. After a while I found that one glass of wine at night I could tolerate if I mixed it with bubble water and sipped it gradually throughout the evening. That little bit helped to relax me. I am now 4 years out from my stroke. I still can’t drink any more than 1 glass of wine. But that’s a good thing, right? :grin:

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Ive discovered 0% Heineken which i enjoy and enjoyed a few over christmas my first one post stroke.
Always dismissed 0% lagers previously but this is genuinely acceptabke and no obvious impact thankfully.

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I’ve found lots of good af beer. Lucky strike is a decent Sainsbury’s later.
I’ve also found wheat beer, ale, stout all that are good. They all contribute to weight though and they are possible gout triggers. Apparently Ashi AF is one that doesn’t have the gout but (doubt recall what its free from)
I expect the are other dietary careful ones
I wish someone would master af wine that didn’t contravene the trade descriptions act!

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I’ve stopped drinking alcohol. Not through stroke issues but it really wasn’t an attractive proposition. I was /am a regular drinker a couple of small whiskies at night plus a couple of small glasses of red wine. I certainly don’t feel any better for stopping but have begun to crave sweet fruit juice drinks! This surely can’t be good for my weight.

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I agree. The 0% Heineken is one I enjoyed last year on the occasions I managed to get to my local pub.

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I’ve got alcohol, free, beer it’s like water but it’s made my feel like normal during Christmas

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