If You Experience These 9 Subtle Symptoms After Drinking, You Might Be Alcohol Intolerant

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When it comes to drinking, there's a big difference between feeling tipsy or drunk, and experiencing the symptoms of alcohol intolerance. The latter is something else entirely, and may explain why you always feel sick after hitting up the bar with friends, or sipping some wine on a relaxing evening at home.

If you have strange symptoms soon after, it could be due to the fact your body doesn't process alcohol properly. "Alcohol intolerance means your body, specifically the digestive system, does not have the proper enzymes to break down alcohol or the toxins contained in and produced by alcohol," John Mansour, PharmD, RPh, CEO and co-founder of B4, tells Bustle. "There are other ingredients in alcohol that can cause the intolerance, such as grains (gluten/wheat), histamines, sulfites, artificial flavorings, grapes and more. In rare cases, the reaction to alcohol may be a sign of Hodgkin's Lymphoma [a cancer of the lymph nodes]."

If you think you might have alcohol intolerance, you can weigh the pros and cons — depending on the severity and cause of your symptoms — and simply have fewer drinks. "If someone is alcohol intolerant they don't necessarily need to avoid alcohol at all costs but just need to know their limits and drink slowly with food," board-certified gastrologist Dr. Daniel Motola MD, PhD tells Bustle. If you experience any of these symptoms after drinking, however, do ask your doctor for some advice, so you can stay safe. Here are a few signs you might be alcohol intolerant.