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Question about alcohol...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hello everyone.

I've read most of the related questions on alcohol, and although they give me peace of mind, I'd still like to share.

I've been following the Paleo diet for the last 9 days. This past Sunday was the only day I had a croissant but once the new week started I decided to take it a little more seriously. I had 1 small glass of wine last night along with 2 glasses of Sangria. I'm embarrassed to say that I also had a couple of hits off a cigarette. Within 10 minutes, I saw stars, got dizzy, felt my breaths shorten and thought I was going to pass out. It was the scariest feeling. I broke out into a cold sweat and every part of my body got very clammy. It lasted for a good 10-15 minutes until a friend walked me through some deep breathing techniques. Once the dizziness subsided, my jaw ached. Then the aching passed and moved onto the back of my head. I imagine this all to be self explanatory, but it seems too soon to feel this way from alcohol (and the cigarette definitely didn't help) right? Well, thanks for reading this to whomever is. If you have anything similar to share, please do.

p.s. I am never smoking again.

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on August 23, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Yeah I would get a huge head rush from a cigarette a) when I started smoking and b) when I stopped smoking but still had the occasional one. Now I can't even go near them, one drag makes me so nauseated.

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on August 22, 2012
at 07:15 PM

I guess your body is telling you to quit smoking now, before it is too late... You have to thank it for this experience. Go easy on it. This is the only body you will have for the rest of your life.

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I know, right? Lesson learned..

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I think it was the cigarette, i get similar symptoms on my first zig of the day, but it only lasts a couple of minutes. And you shouldn't be drinking Sangria, it's loaded with sugar!

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Thanks foreveryoung! Couldn't comment to your answer so thought I'd put it here :) Thanks for your two cents! I'll take 'em. This makes me feel less crazy. I was just commenting above how I've been a casual smoker for a few years now and although I definitely get a strong buzz like you, it has never come on so intensely as it did last night. Very scary. I think I'll take it a a lesson to stay away from cigarettes. Thanks so much for sharing.

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:03 PM

very interesting. I get minor symptoms after just 1 cigarette. I was recently with someone who got these exact symptoms after literally 3 drags!

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Wow. That sounds exactly like what happened last night. So weird that it has never happened before! I've been a casual smoker for the last few years. I think I'm over it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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on August 22, 2012
at 05:34 PM

You know, my bf said the same thing about the cigarette. It was a parliament. But if it was something else, I imagine the effects would have gone well beyond 15 minutes, eh? I've been eating 3 meals a day and have been surprisingly satisfied whereas before Paleo I ate so much all the time. I usually have a large appetite. Maybe my caloric intake has definitely decreased since eating Paleo. Thanks for your response.

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on August 22, 2012
at 05:44 PM

Sounds like nicotine poisoning. I used to smoke and gave it to myself a few times.

The symptoms are

  • intense nausea for about an hour (that doesn't go away when you throw up).
  • cold, clammy sweat
  • pale/greenish hue to your face

If you'd like to replicate this yourself, smoke three cigarettes in a row, inhaling deeply.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine_poisoning#Symptoms

1f02462b1441f517cd5a35038a096ac4

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:02 PM

Wow. That sounds exactly like what happened last night. So weird that it has never happened before! I've been a casual smoker for the last few years. I think I'm over it. Thanks so much for sharing.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on August 22, 2012
at 06:03 PM

very interesting. I get minor symptoms after just 1 cigarette. I was recently with someone who got these exact symptoms after literally 3 drags!

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on August 22, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I think it was the cigarette, i get similar symptoms on my first zig of the day, but it only lasts a couple of minutes. And you shouldn't be drinking Sangria, it's loaded with sugar!

1f02462b1441f517cd5a35038a096ac4

(10)

on August 22, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I know, right? Lesson learned..

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on August 23, 2012
at 02:02 AM

Yeah I would get a huge head rush from a cigarette a) when I started smoking and b) when I stopped smoking but still had the occasional one. Now I can't even go near them, one drag makes me so nauseated.

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on August 22, 2012
at 05:47 PM

Hey, Rhiana. This is very interesting because this happened to a friend of mine just last night! I had a pack of cigarettes on the windowsill near my balcony (not mine, honest, someone had left them there), and after we got back from dinner she decided to smoke one. After literally like 3 drags she was knocked out- winded, dizzy, and very tired/nauseous. Now, I know these were actual, untampered cigarettes, so I am not surprised that this happened to you. Some people are just very sensitive to the nicotine and chemicals, and I would not consider that a bad thing.

On the rare occasion that I have a cigarette, I get a strong buzz, and know that if I had any more, I would not feel great and get too dizzy and nauseous. I wouldn't consider it a fluke, just a sign that your sensitive to the ingredients in cigarettes, and so it is best not to make a habit of them and not to have any significant dose.

Just my two cents.

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on August 22, 2012
at 05:30 PM

You sure that was a tobacco cigarette?

That is a very intense reaction to alcohol, assuming that you have drank that much in the past?

Are you fasting? Are you eating enough?

Something is missing from your story.

1f02462b1441f517cd5a35038a096ac4

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on August 22, 2012
at 05:34 PM

You know, my bf said the same thing about the cigarette. It was a parliament. But if it was something else, I imagine the effects would have gone well beyond 15 minutes, eh? I've been eating 3 meals a day and have been surprisingly satisfied whereas before Paleo I ate so much all the time. I usually have a large appetite. Maybe my caloric intake has definitely decreased since eating Paleo. Thanks for your response.

1f02462b1441f517cd5a35038a096ac4

(10)

on August 22, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Thanks foreveryoung! Couldn't comment to your answer so thought I'd put it here :) Thanks for your two cents! I'll take 'em. This makes me feel less crazy. I was just commenting above how I've been a casual smoker for a few years now and although I definitely get a strong buzz like you, it has never come on so intensely as it did last night. Very scary. I think I'll take it a a lesson to stay away from cigarettes. Thanks so much for sharing.

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