Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 12:02pm
Qinopio's picture
Joined: 09/11/2001 - 09:00

I think I read somewhere that alcohol can cause a peanut reaction to be worse.

I wondered this before I read it, as my only life-threatening reaction came after I had a (my first) very small sip of sake (Japanese rice wine). But, I guess I probably had more peanut protein than I ever had before, too. Not sure because it was supposed to only be flavoring...

Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 1:20pm
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Yes it definitely worsens a PA reaction. I can't find the material to post exactly why this is, but I read it in the latest newsletter issued by Anaphylaxis Canada. Perhaps alcohol makes the stomach lining more permeable to the allergen, so more protein gets absorbed into the system.
A reaction can also be much worse if one exercises after eating the allergic food. The same food can be eaten many times, causing at most a mild reaction, but after any form of exercise the reaction can become anaphylactic with the same amount of protein as previously ingested.

Posted on: Sat, 12/27/2003 - 3:21am
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Joined: 03/25/2002 - 09:00

It is definitely not safe to drink alcohol without contacting the company first to find out whether or not it may or not contain nut ingredients/oils. For example, here in Canada Bacardi coolers have a 'may contain peanut oil' label on them. However, I have found out that many other alcohols may have nut ingredients, including Baileys Irish Cream. Certain alcohols definitely contain nut ingredients, including Frangelico (hazelnut), amaretto and gin (almond).

Posted on: Sat, 12/27/2003 - 4:56am
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Joined: 05/14/2001 - 09:00

I've reraised the other thread for you on alcohol. Personally, it didn't cross my mind for a long while after I developed PA that certain drinks might not be safe, except for things like amaretto which I knew to contain almonds. I tend to avoid "unusual" drinks like kahlua or liqueurs but do not worry about beer or vodka or other common spirits and have never had any problems. However, I've read here that some gins are made with almonds so I now avoid gin just in case (even though I don't know if I'm allergic to tree nuts).
Anyway, the other liquor thread has a lot of information I hope you will find helpful.
Take care,

Posted on: Sat, 12/27/2003 - 6:39am
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Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Tue, 02/08/2005 - 11:22am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Have any adults with food allergies looked into efforts like this (allergies/ingredient label mentioned beginning page 7)?:
Anybody have any idea the status of Alcohol Labeling?
(Linking to thread mentioned in this thread [url=""][/url] )
[This message has been edited by Jana R (edited February 08, 2005).]

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 12:41am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Here's a recent article about allergen labelling efforts on wine

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 11:11am
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Joined: 01/31/2005 - 09:00

raising for Stacey

Posted on: Sat, 12/27/2003 - 1:58am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

I don't know about actual alcohol, gin, vodka, whiskey.... but Amaretto is made from Almonds.
That helps me encourage DS to stay away from alcohol. I know your question was about people drinking in the vicinity of your PA child but what I tell my son is Alcohol will loosen your inhibitions and might make it possible for you to make a bad decision food wise.
(kind of puritanical about alcohol since I held my dying alcoholic uncle as he died and watch my other two uncles and now my brother drink themselves into the grave.)

Posted on: Sat, 12/27/2003 - 2:40am
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I'm sorry, I can't help you with this one at all, but Peg541, I wanted to say if it makes you feel any better, I'm as puritanical as you are. [img][/img]
Happy Holidays! [img][/img]

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