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I have a question. I don't drink alcohol too often, but I do

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I have a question. I don't drink alcohol too often, but I do enjoy it on occasion. I feel great when drinking, but as the alcohol wears off, my chest & arms feel really tingly and my heart starts racing faster than it's ever raced before.
I don't physically shake, but it feels almost like there's electricity running through my nerves or something. It only happens a few hours after the alcohol starts wearing off. And it doesn't matter if I have 2 beers or 10!
I've had exams, bloodwork, ekgs, etc. My GP can't seem to answer this question, other than saying "it happens to him when he drinks too". Any ideas?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Ravoof replied 5 years ago.
Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

These symptoms are likely due to the low blood glucose level, since drinking without eating can cause hypoglycemia by blocking your liver from releasing stored glucose into your bloodstream and through other mechanisms. Hypoglycemia can present with symptoms such as heart palpitations (awareness of heart beat), shakiness, sweating, and tingling sensation. Please read the below linked article to know more about this:

Alcohol can itself affect the hearts of nonalcoholic persons who do not usually drink, and can cause an increase in the resting cardiac output, the heart rate, and the myocardial oxygen consumption.

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