This is an odd question, but one that I have wondered about for a long time.
When I drink alcohol there is a magic sweet spot where my nose gets very stuffy feeling and I sound stuffy while talking. Drinking less and drinking more result in a clear nose and no stuffiness. It is clearly inflammation as blowing my nose results in no production and nasal spray such as Afrin alleviates it.
Here is what I have found:
- Beer: results in a stuffy nose after 1.5 - 2 beers. It clears after 3 - 4, like clockwork
- Wine: I don't drink it often but have noticed stuffiness on par with beer when I drink white wine. I have not experimented enough with red wine, but have not observed stuffiness after 3 - 4 glasses.
- Liquor: For the most part, stuffiness does not occur with liquor. The occasions it does, it takes more (3 - 4 drinks) to get stuffy and clears relatively quickly
NOTE: I have not observed stuffiness from other non-alcoholic drinks and I do not have any known food allergies.
What is it about alcoholic drinks that could cause this reaction, and why would liquors/red wine be less likely to cause it than beer and white wine?