I've been eating paleo, about 80/20, for around 8 months, and I've been noticing that every time I drink alcohol, I develop a hoarse cough while drinking. It happened again last night; I was drinking red wine, white wine and a little champagne at a friend's dinner party, and I started to get the cough. I had one glass of water before bed. In the middle of the night I woke up coughing really badly and couldn't get back to sleep for half an hour. When I breathed in and out you could hear a coarse, raspy breath trying to pass. Think lung cancer or pneumonia. And half the time it would cause a tickle in my throat and I'd cough again. It was miserable. It still hurts a little this morning.
I used to be able to drink any kind of alcohol in larger amounts and be fine (except of course for the hangover). Why does my throat hate alcohol now?
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Wines and champagne have a lot of histamine and usually sulfites. Do a fun experiment and see if vodka (or any other pure distilled liquor) has the same effect.