Is there a cure for alcohol intolerance?

Because the condition is inherited, there is no way to cure or treat it. Your healthcare provider can recommend ways to limit unpleasant symptoms.

How is alcohol intolerance treated?

While there is no way to treat this condition, your healthcare provider can talk with you about ways to reduce the negative effects of alcohol intolerance.

You may need to avoid:

  • Alcohol: Avoiding or restricting alcohol consumption is the most straightforward way to avoid the symptoms. Consider nonalcoholic substitutions instead.
  • Tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke: Smoking may increase levels of acetaldehyde, which may raise cancer risk.
  • Alcohol use when taking certain medications: Some drugs may make your symptoms more severe.
  • Antacid or antihistamine use to reduce symptoms: These medications mask the symptoms of alcohol intolerance. You may end up drinking even more alcohol, since you don’t feel the negative effects. If you do so, the problem will worsen.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/24/2020.


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