Jenise wrote:I don't know if it's something particular to port itself or the fact that it's a high alcohol hit at the end of an evening that has usually already contained a significant amount of wine, but one glass of port at night and you can set your watch by the headache I'll have the next morning.
Over the years I've met others who say they too suffer. Who else gets headaches (clearly, not our Doris), and does anyone know of any physiological reason besides 18% for this reaction?
Jenise wrote:Robin, I've wondered if it isn't something in the fortifier. I don't always have to wake up with the headache, though, sometimes I go to bed with it too--it can occur pretty quick. Not ice cream headache quick, but close.
Randy Buckner wrote:The combination of congeners, hisamines and alcohol is the likely scenario. While white wine had around 12 ug/100 g of histamines, Port has almost 400 ug. Brandy has twelve times the congeners of vodka. Combine this with the increased diuresis of the 20 percent alcohol of Port, and increased capillary permeability in the GI tract, and you have the makings for a nice headache.
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