Beer Info FAQ

Why do I sneeze and have a runny nose after drinking alcohol?

Why do I sneeze and have a runny nose after drinking alcohol?

For instance, beer and wine contain high levels of histamine, which can also contribute to a runny nose or nasal congestion. Or, maybe you're sensitive to sulfites or other chemicals in alcoholic beverages, resulting in nausea or headaches.

Why do I sneeze when I drink whiskey?

Produced by yeast and bacteria during fermentation, histamine may be present in some alcoholic beverages. Histamine is a chemical released by mast cells during allergic reactions. It may cause hives, itching, or sneezing.