Anybody else get headaches after having a couple of beers? Its been happening to me for awhile. Not every time, but often enough that I'm reluctant to open a cold one. That pisses me off, cause I like a nice cold beer on occasion!
Went to Hooters for lunch with coworkers yesterday. Had 3 beers over the course of a couple of hours. By the time I got home, my head was pounding so bad I couldn't focus. I tried to take a nap, but couldn't. Tylenol didn't help. Drank a lot of water, no help. This monster of a vice continued to grip my head until I fell asleep last night.
Now, I assumed the headaches were due to drinking alcohol while being dehydrated, and normally I drink a lot of water, especially if I know I'll be drinkng said alcohol. Also, I rarely, almost never drink alcohol excessively. It's usually 2 to 3 beers or glasses of wine & I'm done. Yesterday was no exception.
So this morning I decided to google it. Turns out, its quite common! Who knew!? Apparently, the yeast used in making beer can cause headaches. The manufacturers seem to know about it, but don't want to use different yeasts because that would change the way their beer tastes (selfish bastards!).
Expert: Ed Westemeier
Is it true that certain beers have byproducts that cause headaches?
I found that Budweiser and other beers from Anheasur(sp?) Busch give me bad headaches.
A friend of mine says the same thing.
He switched to Coors, and no more headaches for him. Before I make the switch, I'd like to ask if there is any truth to his theory.
Unfortunately (for them), it is true.
There is a chemical that causes headaches for about 1 person in every 15. It's a natural byproduct of certain strains of brewer's yeast, not something that is added to the beer. Switching to the products of a different brewery that uses a different strain of yeast for their fermentation will often clear up the problem.
Even though the breweries that have this difficulty are aware of it, they don't change their yeast because doing so would also change the flavor of their beer.
I should mention that every strain of brewer's yeast produces this chemical byproduct, but only a few of them have it at such a high level that it affects people. The Anheuser-Busch breweries just happen to be one of the highest.
I quit Bud a long time ago because of the headaches (at the time, I had no idea about the yeast theory). I switched to various light beers, depending on my mood. Seemed to me I could drink light beer with almost no ill effects, until recently. Well, Coors Light (which most of my friends say is next to water) was the beer of choice for lunch yesterday that lead to me feeling as if my skull was being squeezed like a bearing in a press.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not an every day drinker. I don't "need" a beer when I get home from a hard* day's work, but I do like to drink a chilly beverage here & there. But after this last spell, I'm about to give it up...
*(the term 'hard' is loosely defined here