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Why does champagne cause headaches?

Why does champagne cause headaches?

Have you ever celebrated with a glass of champagne, only to have a terrible headache later?

Champagne headaches are a common annoyance for drinkers of the alcoholic beverage. Fortunately, there are a few methods you can follow to reduce the strength and duration of champagne headaches. You can also prevent the effects of alcohol flushing with Asian flush pills.

Here's everything you need to know and how to avoid champagne headaches.

Champagne headaches causes

Some people believe that sulfites, or an allergy to sulfites, is the blame. This is likely not true!

"Sulfites can cause allergy and asthma symptoms, but they don't cause headaches," Frederick Freitag, board member of the National Headache Foundation and an associate director of the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago told the Wall Street Journal.

But really, the main culprit for champagne headaches is quite simple: it's the alcohol!

Alcohol is a diuretic which causes your body to urinate at a much quicker rate than when drinking other liquids. Typically, you don't think about staying hydrated when your three glasses of champagne deep. You usually keep drinking, which makes you more dehydrated, which makes the headaches even more painful and noticeable.

In addition to the alcohol content in champagne, you also need to consider the bubbles. The carbonation in champagne makes headaches more noticeable than when drinking other types of alcohol like beer or wine.

In simple terms: the bubbles in champagne contain carbon dioxide, which can increase the pressure you feel in your stomach and forces alcohol out through the lining of your stomach into the bloodstream.

Even though champagne isn't as high in alcohol as some other drinks, it can get you drunker much faster because the carbonation interacts with oxygen flow to your brain.

Hate champagne headaches? You can blame those bubbles!

"Prosecco and Champagne both contain little pockets of carbon dioxide which change how the alcohol flows through the blood stream, helping the body to adsorb the alcohol faster. Once in the bloodstream the Co2 competes with oxygen which is why you might feel a little woozy and rather drunk rather quickly leading to an exaggerated hangover in the form of a pounding head," says Marco Castelanelli, sommelier and founder of Club Vino.

Other symptoms from drinking champagne

Like other alcoholic beverages, you should be prepared to feel some negative symptoms after drinking champagne.

Typical symptoms include:

Check out the below video from The Daily Hit, all about champagne headaches!

How to avoid champagne headaches

There are a few ways you can minimise your negative symptoms from champagne, and hangovers in general.


Want to avoid champagne headaches? Drink a full glass of water for every alcoholic drink you have. Even adding just a few cups of water throughout your night can reduce hangover symptoms and the severity of champagne headaches.

A large part of hangover symptoms can be down to being dehydrated. Make sure to drink a few cups of water, or even juice or pop, to help offset dehydration from alcohol. Your head will thank you in the morning!


There's lots of articles about which foods are the best to have before drinking, during drinking, or after drinking alcohol. But really, it just comes down to having food in your stomach. By ensuring you don't drink alcohol on an empty stomach, you can help reduce your hangover symptoms, including getting headaches.

Even just having a light meal while drinking can help. Headaches after drinking champagne doesn't have to be part of your New Years Eve celebration!

Pace yourself

While you might want to knock back a few glasses of champagne quickly, it's best if you take your time. By sipping at your drink for longer, you can slow the pace at which alcohol enters your body.

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