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Why did this happen to me? (details inside)

Asked by le_inferno (6184points) June 6th, 2010

Last night, I drank 4 beers over the course of about 3 hours. I’m about 103 lbs, so this was enough to get me drunk, but it’s usually not excessive. I hadn’t eaten that much throughout the day (slice of peanut butter toast, a couple snacks, slice of pizza and a garlic knot), but was also eating pretzels/chips while I drank. I stopped drinking around 1:30 am, vomited. Vomited again when I got home, went to bed, and vomited twice this morning. I still feel gross. I don’t understand how I have a wicked hangover from drinking so few drinks, and what’s even more perplexing is that around 3:30 am, I woke up by my toilet, and you’d think 2 hours would have oxidized 2 drinks so I’d be on my way to sobriety—but I only felt drunker. The room was still spinning and I could barely stand straight. It was bizarre. I didn’t consume any other liquor, and the amount I drank is not unusual for me. Why did this happen? Did I not have enough food? Why did it take so long for the alcohol to oxidize?

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janbb's avatar

Sounds more like a stomach bug than the alcohol to me, but you would know better.

chyna's avatar

Any chance someone could’ve slipped something in your beer?

jrpowell's avatar

I have been known to drink on occasion. Sometimes things just don’t mesh. I have had uncontrollable puking after a half can of Pabst. It wasn’t your night. Unless it occurs often I wouldn’t worry.

AmWiser's avatar

Its totally possible for the above scenario to take place. First, I think if you’re going to drink, make sure you have eaten a meal of substance. Such as meat and potatoes (okay, hamburger and fries. The greasier the better. lol). Alright enough trade secrets, like @janbb stated, it sounds like it could be a bug or I hope no one slipped anything into your drink.

AmWiser's avatar

@chyna oops! sorry I was still composing when you answered. At least we’re on the same page :)

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Were you out in the heat yesterday, and got overheated? Sometimes that can mess with your electrolytes.

trailsillustrated's avatar

i think it was the pizza and garlic knot that made me vomit just thinking about it

chyna's avatar

@AmWiser Great minds. I hope we are on the wrong page. I hope no one slipped anything in her drink.

Randy's avatar

Wicked hangovers came from being dehydrated that next day as alcohol is known to dehydrate the body. That’s where the headache, off equilibrium and dry, nasty tasting, mouth comes from. As far as the vomiting, sounds like you’re just a light weight. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. I’m sure your low body weight and the fact that you hadn’t eaten much that day played a part in the revenge of the beers. You should have got to feeling a little better by now and tomorrow, you should be right as rain. Next time, just remember to eat a few more carbs to help soak up the alcohol and HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE! Especially before bed.

missingbite's avatar

Even at 103ils (tiny) 4 beers over 3 hours should not have had that effect on you. I bet you had a bug or some bad beer. Did the beer taste skunk? (like it got hot then cooled again)

le_inferno's avatar

I don’t think anyone slipped anything into my drinks. It was a pretty close-knit gathering. Could be a bug but that seems awfully coincidental. Beer wasn’t skunked. Could have just been a fluke like @johnpowell said, and the inadequate food. What really blows my mind is how long the alcohol stayed in my system.

AmWiser's avatar

@chyna. So true but better the drinker beware and watch her back because there will be a next time.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree with @Randy that becoming dehydrated results in worse hangovers. You might have had a stomach flu as @janbb said, but the result is you drank and then threw up a whole bunch, and since you could not keep anything down you were even more dehydrated than you typically might be.

So here are my helpful hints:

Stop drinking alcohol at least an hour before going to bed, and switch to water.

The amount of food you have eaten during the day has less to do with the absorption of alcohol than being sure to eat up to 20 minutes before drinking, or eating while drinking. Alcohol is absorbed mostly in the small intestine, and having food in your tummy on its way through your digestive system will slow the absorption of the alcohol into your bloodstream. However, it is true that not eating all day will have some affect also, because lower blood sugar, hunger, and alcohol are not a good combination. My only point is if you eat two hours before drinking, it isn’t going to help you tolerate more alcohol. Dinner at 7:00 and drinking at 10:00 are not really connected in any way.

Also, NEVER take tylenol when you drink.

ItsAHabit's avatar

The amount of alcohol you consumed under the conditions you describe would not be enough to cause your symptoms.

perspicacious's avatar

I don’t even know if I would survive four drinks. So, it doesn’t sound unbelievable to me that the amount you drank caused you to be this sick.

augustlan's avatar

Be on the lookout next time you drink… it’s possible that you’ve suddenly developed an intolerance for alcohol. It happened to me, and I couldn’t drink for almost 20 years. Half a beer and I’d puke. Prior to that, I’d been able to drink nearly unlimited amounts of alcohol and never got sick, never had a hangover. I attribute it to my thyroid dying, but that may have been coincidental. Weirdly, I can drink now… but am a total lightweight.

josie's avatar

I am with the camp that says you got dehydrated. Drink a glass of water after every beer.

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