Risk factors for alcohol intolerance or other reactions to alcoholic beverages include:

  • Being of Asian descent. Some people of Asian descent have flushing and other intolerance symptoms after drinking alcohol.
  • Having an allergy to grains or to another food.
  • Having Hodgkin lymphoma.
  • Taking certain antibiotic or antifungal medications.
  • Taking disulfiram (Antabuse) for alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence. When you drink, disulfiram can cause reactions that include flushing, racing heartbeat, nausea and vomiting.
Apr. 26, 2012