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Alcohol?

Hey guys! So obviously alcohol isn't the best thing for you but I was wondering if any of you drank on occasion & if so, what do you drink? & Does it have any side effects regarding thyroid?

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While I was untreated I was drunk after just several sips of beer or champagne. I am on only T3 now for several years and now I can tolerate alcohol normally, but I promised to myself that I will not take anything stronger than wine, beer or champagne and not a lot, not because I can't take it but because I don't think that it is healthy.

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like silicaC I felt like the smallest amount of alcohol was getting me drunk so I've cut down a lot on drinking. I might have a glass of wine at the weekend or a very small spirit with a lot of lemonade, mainly as I don't drink fizzy pop so if I go out it's something to drink that's not my usual water which I drink gallons of.I was noticing though, before I stopped drinking, my symptoms were a lot worse the day after I'd had a lot of alcohol so I have benefited from cutting right back.

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So interesting. I did not realize there was a correlation between alcohol tolerance and thyroid issues. I actually stopped totally 3 weeks ago as I could not handle my anxiety and the many symptoms I am having right now. But in the past few years, I realized that I could not drink more than a regular glass of wine without feeling the effect. I actually stopped drinking anything but wine about 10-12 years ago. I will report to you in a week or so, as I am due to more blood work to see if my numbers improve. I also started a gluten free diet hence why I needed to stop drinking wine as well.

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I've never noticed that alcohol has had any sort of effect on my thyroid. Or that the thyroid has any effect on my consumption of alcohol. I'm just a social drinker, and only a couple of glasses, I've never drunk to excess. I like anything with gin, or with tequila, red or white wine with a meal, and champagne for birthdays and Christmas. Or maybe a cold fruit-flavoured beer in the summer.

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Nessiam,

I love a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc as a treat but have to limit as alcohol makes my ears hiss (tinnitus).

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I have Graves' disease and know when my levels are not quite right if I drink alcohol. When I go hyper I can drink like a fish and the alcohol has hardly any effect on me. But if I go hypo one glass can make me terribly drunk. I do like a nice glass of wine or a lager occasionally and my reaction to it has sometimes been the first indication that my levels are not right.

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I have never noticed any reaction between alcohol and my thyroid, and not because I was too drunk to notice! I like the odd glass of red wine, but of course only drink it for medicinal reasons - lol!

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I like my red wine. Maybe sometimes it makes me tired. But like serenfach I also use it for medicinal reasons LOL!

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No, don't touch the stuff, not since 1984.

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I have never drank much alcohol in my life, but I occasionally have one drink (cider or so), but it's more like one glass every few months (but soon I will stop completely as my husband and I are planning for a baby). I also rarely drink wine or stronger drinks because there is a risk I might get a migraine. I do notice that just one drink of anything makes me feel funny (never been drunk so not sure what it feels like). So it could be that hypothyroidism does make me more sensitive to alcohol like others suggest, or that I am simply not used to it. Hard to tell in my case.

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