My heart beats fast and eyes become red if I drink alcohol. Is there a treatment?

Q. My heart beats fast and eyes become red if I drink alcohol. Is there a treatment?

Answered by
Dr. Nidhin Mohan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 03, 2018 and last reviewed on: Nov 18, 2022

Hello doctor,

My heartbeat raises and the eyes become very red and I become tired when I take alcohol. Why does this happen so? And, what is the treatment?



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The alcohol ingested is metabolized in the liver and converted to acetaldehyde. This takes place in the liver. The variations in the effect of alcohol in different people take place because of the difference in the genetics of enzymes called alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH). In short people with ADH enzymes fast acting in the liver, based on genetics, will have less effect of alcohol as the alcohol gets converted fast to acetaldehyde and vice versa.

Answering the second part of your question regarding treatment, make sure you drink plenty of water while ingesting alcohol and also avoid taking alcohol on an empty stomach. The effects of alcohol on you seem more than usual because of genetics which cannot be changed and of course the best treatment would be to cut down or stop alcohol.

Thank you doctor,

Is there a treatment for this? Since three months I am not taking alcohol. And if I do, all these happen to me. Kindly give me a treatment so that I can take alcohol sometimes and not always.



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The most important part of treatment is psychological support. You can join support groups for free. After those sessions, if you still feel the urge then you can start on this medication Acamprosate 333 mg three times a day after food for two to three weeks and then follow up. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with their consent. Before starting this tablet, you need to check your creatinine level and liver function blood test.

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