Alcohol intolerance

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Alcohol intolerance may occur in ME/CFS. It usually develops after the onset of the illness, where the patient was previously able to tolerate alcohol. It forms part of a wider range of allergies and sensitivities that may develop during the course of the illness.

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • 2001, In a Belgian study, 59.5% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 63.7% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported alcohol intolerance.[1]
  • 1995, Katrina Berne, PhD, reported an estimated prevalence of 45-75% for alcohol intolerance (although she notes that this symptom may be underreported and therefore more prevalent than indicated).[2]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

Possible causes[edit | edit source]

Potential treatments[edit | edit source]

If a patient presents with alcohol intolerance, alcohol should be avoided, including that in mouthwashes and herbal tinctures.

Learn more[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. De Becker, P; McGregor, N; De Meirleir, K (Sep 2001), "A definition-based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.", Journal of Internal Medicine, 250 (3): 234-240, PMID 11555128 
  2. Berne, Katrina (1 Dec 1995), Running on Empty: The Complete Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS), 2nd ed., Hunter House, p. 58, ISBN 978-0897931915 
  3. Verrillo - Channelopathies
  4. Verrillo - Gut fermentation and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  5. Verrillo - Foods to Avoid
  6. Verrillo - Foods to Avoid
  7. Verrillo - Foods to Avoid
  8. Verrillo - Foods to Avoid


The information provided at this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness.

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