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Asked 1/25/2011

Why do I feel heartburn when I drink champagne?

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Answer 1/5 - Submitted 1/25/2011

Champagne and most other types of alcohol are common triggers of heartburn or acid reflux. The main reason is that the alcohol causes the stomach to produce more acid. It also relaxes the lower sphincter in the esophagus, allowing stomach contents to flow back up. If possible, avoid champagne and try another alcoholic beverage. If you still get heartburn, you may have to dilute alcoholic drinks or cut back altogether.

 
 

Answer 2/5 - Submitted 1/26/2011

I get that too... Usually followed later that day or the next morning by a headache that can only be described as a "champagne headache". I love the stuff, but I am definitely more careful about drinking it these days.

 
 

Answer 3/5 - Submitted 1/26/2011

I get that too, but not just from champagne, pretty much any wine, or any alcohol for that matter. I have a pretty weak stomach though. I have found that eating something hearty before drinking at all usually is a good idea. It gives the alcohol something to soak into.

 
 

Answer 4/5 - Submitted 1/26/2011

Champagne has a lot of air bubbles in it. This will create some discomfort in your stomach. All the bubbles will affect the digestion of any food in your stomach. You may also have a very sensitive stomach.

 
 

Answer 5/5 - Submitted 6/20/2014

I have found that I get indigestion symptoms and reflux when I drink champagne followed by something like a steak (i.e. unminced meat). Most recently this spolit what would otherwise have been an enjoyable evening with colleagues and friends. The symptoms included a burning pain at the bottom of my throat and undigested food and drink coming back which I then have to retreat to the bathroom to spit out (not ideal in a social environment!). Sometimes I get away with it and no problems at all but the last time it happened the symptoms were v painful and lasted a long time. So I am going to be skipping champagne from now on. Shame because I enjoy it...but there you go. Tony

 
 
 
 
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