3 Easy Ways to Combat Wine Headaches, According to a Doctor

Dacy Knight

There are few downsides to enjoying a pour of your favorite red wine—except for the splitting headache that sometimes follows. Do you notice that it's difficult to have a glass or two without succumbing to a headache shortly after? This undesirable consequence is quite common, and it turns out there are doctor-approved ways to prevent it.

While there's a range of reasons drinking wine gives us headaches, there are a few precautions you can take. Health magazine medical editor Roshini Rajapaksa, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine, listed the science-backed strategies wine lovers should try if they want to avoid the dreaded headache that often follows drinking their favorite wine.

Take a non-drowsy antihistamine. Research has found that the tannins in wine might boost serotonin production in the brain, triggering headaches in those who are prone to migraines. Taking an antihistamine prior to pouring yourself a glass will prevent these changes in serotonin levels.

Switch to white. If you're not partial to reds, opting for a white wine could keep you from that dreaded headache. Tannins are typically found in the skin and seeds of the grape, which are removed during the production of white wine. If you're a die-hard red wine lover, you may want to switch up your usual pour for something lighter, like pinot noir, if headaches are becoming a problem.

Keep hydrated. This strategy may not come as a surprise, but it's often overlooked. If you're consistently suffering from headaches after drinking wine, chances are you're dehydrated. Alcohol dehydrates you, so be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after you sip on your favorite pour.

Head to the comments to share your tricks for beating wine headaches. We're all ears before holiday party season!

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