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Weird Alcohol Allergy: Are there other people who suffer from this?

parkrangerolivia | Jun 30, 2008 11:45 AM

Hi chowhounders...I was recently diagnosed with this weird GI disease (eosinophilic esophagitis) that makes my throat swell and close, much like asthma. I was drinking a Muscat when I first choked (thankfully I was rushed to the ER), and then it happened again when drinking a grain-based micro-brew, about 7 months ago.

Through severe trial and error, I have found that I can tolerate potato vodka, high-grade rice-wine sake, and, horror of horrors, cheap and watery beers, (such as PBR. I'm either a very expensive or very cheap date now). It looks like my allergic reactions are based in grain and grape beverages (though I'm not a celiac), so I was hoping some of you may have some interesting alternatives that can be consumed with meals. Sulfite free wines have unfortunately shown dismal (deadly) results.

Any advice appreciated!

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