Well here in the UK summer has arrived for 2009. I have just spent an idyllic afternoon sitting in my garden in the sunshine. the temperature must have hit 25% centigrade which is very pleasant without being too hot.
There is even a cooling breeze wafting across the lawn and I am as cool as a cucumber. So Here I am sitting in the full sun and not a bead of sweat anywhere. Well OK maybe the odd signs of sweating but nothing to worry about. Certainly not the usual excess sweat I am used to having.
Alcohol and Excess Sweating
Then what do I do. I decide that the afternoon would be even more perfect if I had a glass of wine. That was a big mistake. Halfway through my glass of pinot grigio I can feel my temples welling up. Sure enough a few moments later There is sweat pouring down my face. I always find that alcohol affects my face more than anywhere else. Facial sweating is so hard to hide. I was sitting in my patio chair reading a book and my face was like rivers of sweat.
The Bad News About Sweat and Alcohol
For many people with a sweat problem alcohol is the trigger. For some it is the only trigger. For others it is one of a set of triggers. As well as an immediate onset of excess sweat you also will find that you sweat too much in bed. I have often woken up in the middle of the night dripping with sweat because of drinking wine or other alcohol during the previous day.
The Main Culprits
This is not a scientific list – just what I have discovered from experience. I find that certain drinks have a greater affect than others. The worst one by far is white wine. In particular sweet and medium white wine. Then there are sparkling wines, ciders and champagnes. Following this are strong beers and lagers. Then alcoholic drinks that have the least affect on excessive sweating are spirits and red wines.
The best thing to do of course is to abstain completely from alcohol which is what I do most of the time. This afternoon I simply couldn’t resist the idea of a glass of wine on a lovely English summer afternoon. My own fault really.
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