Do You Have a Beer Intolerance?


Kicking back with a cold beer after a grueling day at work can be a pleasant way to relax and unwind. If you’re experiencing discomfort, headaches, fatigue, anxiety or bloating after enjoying a beer, you may have a sensitivity to beer.

Individuals who unknowingly have a gluten intolerance, or whose bodies negatively respond to ingredients such as barley in alcohol, may have an intolerance to beer. If you’ve been enjoying beer, yet fret about the side effects, it may be time to look into the following symptoms.


Do you get uncomfortably bloated after drinking beer? The inability to digest the ingredients in beer is a telltale sign that you have a beer intolerance.

Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes may be a result of lack of sleep, allergies or early mornings, however, if you’re noticing puffy eyes after drinking a tall, cold one, this may be an indication that your body doesn’t agree with beer. If you’re not sure whether your puffy eyes are due to beer or something else, try taking a break from beer for a while to assess whether your eyes are reacting to beer or another issue.


If you’re enjoying a glass of beer late in the evening, it’s understandable that you may feel a little drowsy. If you’re drinking beer and you suddenly crash and feel instantly fatigued, holistic medical practitioner, Dr. Will Cole, says that this may be a sign that your body and beer are not compatible.


Do you find that you tend to feel anxious after drinking beer? Beer induced anxiety may not be a surefire way to determine if you have a beer intolerance, however anxiety is a common symptom of beer sensitivity. Take note of how often you feel anxious after drinking a beer.

Brain Fog

It goes without saying that drinking any type of alcoholic drink can bring on a fuzzy haze. If you’ve been noticing that you tend to feel particularly cloudy after light beer drinking, this may be your body’s way of telling you that you can’t tolerate beer.

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