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Why Do Some Beers Give Me a Headache?


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blindeyedbetty 189:4
I have no idea and was hoping someone could tell me. Iím not sure what to try to avoid so I donít have godawful headaches after drinking beer. Is it the different sugars? Is it the combination of beers? Last night, I had a Brooklyn Lager, a Troegenator and a Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. I went to bed early and woke up at 3 am with a pounding headache. Youíd think I went to a kegger and was doing a beer bong upside down. Yuengling Lager also gives me a huge headache.

Disclaimer: When explaining this to me, would you please keep the explanation simple? I donít brew and am not a science nut, so a grade-school level explanation would be very much appreciated. But, I would very much like to know whatís going on with this.

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smith4498 2988:20
Itís probably dehydration. This happens to me sometimes even after just a few beers if I donít drink any water before going to bed. It seems to happen to me with Heinekin no matter what (I havenít had one in years though).
1/23/2010 12:35:41 PM

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ilovedarkbeer 2233:76
Possibilities:

Allergens

Dehydration

Gluten Intolerance

Caffeine Issues
1/23/2010 12:37:00 PM

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Beerona97 2397:114
I agree with previous responses, either dehydration or allergies (hopefully not). If you drink 2 pints of water before you go to sleep, or a steady amoutn as you drink the beer, you probably wonít get a headache, but you may wake up to take a piss instead.
1/23/2010 12:40:26 PM

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DaSilky1 2606:66
It has more to do with you and less to do with which beers youíre drinking.
1/23/2010 12:40:53 PM

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DerWeg 1487:38
Iíve been told over and over "alcohol doesnít give you a headache, itís dehydration." First step is to drink one for one.

Iím pretty sure certain adjuncts & preservatives in badly-made beer once gave me a fuzzy head. Now Iím pretty sure there are character-defining íimpuritiesí even in certain well-made beer like Rochefort, Hardyís and Rodenbach - íimpuritiesí that create good flavor, but I have a limited tolerance.

ONLY certain beers give me a headache, for example there is no way I can drink two Rocheforts. Two of any other Trappist is no problem!

See, those Reinheitsgebot Krauts were right in some sense about ípureí beer (keep in mind the context that beer was a staple of the German diet much like bread - not the type of wax-dipped extravagance we usually prattle on about on Ratebeer.)
1/23/2010 12:41:08 PM

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blindeyedbetty 189:4
Originally posted by ilovedarkbeer
Possibilities:

Allergens

Dehydration

Gluten Intolerance

Caffeine Issues


Could you expound on these?
I donít think itís dehydration as I drink tons of water, but maybe I need more depending on the type of beer Iím drinking?
I donít think I have gluten intolerance as Iíd imagine that Iíd have problems in day-to-day nutrition as well, wouldnít I?
I definitely have caffeine issues. I try not to drink caffeine after about noon because I sleep like crap anyway, regardless, but caffeine makes it much worse. Am I the DB of the day when I say that I didnít realize beer had caffeine in it? I assumed a coffee flavored beer might, but hadnít considered whether others would.
1/23/2010 12:43:03 PM

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notalush 4795:329
It could be fusel oils. Technically, there shouldnít be enough left in beer after the fermentation process, but sometimes...
1/23/2010 12:49:48 PM

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DerWeg 1487:38
Regarding dehydration, it is supposed to help water absorption if you drink it with a bit of added lemon. (Donít drink a ton of fluids with meals or immediately beforehand.)

Anyone can be experiencing accumulated toxins eg. in the liver. Drink milk thistle extract in some water, it helps the liver get clean.

I bet you can tolerate ílow-toleranceí beers a bit better if you try these steps, watch diet, manage stress and keep active enough (general common sense stuff LOL). Its the whole-person approach that often works.

Hey you might feel better too - but in any case good luck finding what suits you.
1/23/2010 12:55:06 PM

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blindeyedbetty 189:4
Originally posted by notalush
It could be fusel oils. Technically, there shouldnít be enough left in beer after the fermentation process, but sometimes...


What are these?
1/23/2010 1:01:10 PM

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j12601 6584:285
Congeners.
In simple...
Basically stuff thatís made during fermentation. By-products if you will.

Back in my days as a wine geek, some reds gave me terrible morning afters, some didnít. Same with liquor...even in the same category (id est gin).

Easiest thing Iíve found is to simply ingest a substantially large enough amount of water to make sure as to either flush your system, or to keep you fully hydrated. Also, make sure youíre stocked up on B-vitamins. I take a B-complex daily, and Iíd guess from that and the almost compulsive drinking of water when I go to tastings, I havenít had a hangover in a couple years, much to the chagrin of those with whom I drink.
1/23/2010 1:41:44 PM

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