If alcohol makes your allergies worse, would you quit drinking?
An article in the NY Times states that studies find alcohol can cause or worsen symptoms of asthma and hay fever, such as sneezing, itching, headaches and coughing.
It goes on to say that it’s not necessarily the alcohol itself, but that beer and wine contain histamine, which we recognize as the chemical that can set off allergy symptoms. They also contain sulfites, which are known to provoke or cause asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. They cite several studies which seem to confirm this correlation. Other fermented foods, such as cheese and breads can also be culprits.
If these facts are proven to your satisfaction, would you choose to eliminate or curtail the use of alcohol?