I like being your guinea pig when it comes to foods but I have to admit I like being your guinea pig when it comes to alcohol. Especially because I rarely ever drink and when I do, it reminds me of how sometimes it's a "good" thing.
I've done "some" research on the whole should I or can I drink alcohol with a histamine condition. For the most part the answer is no. However, if you take your Histame pills with you and take them prior to drinking it "may" help. The reason why I say may help is because I've used these twice prior to drinking and one time it worked and the other time it helped in the short term but the next day I was pretty much out of commission. And noooo, I didn't drink myself into oblivion so it wasn't a "hang over" per say.
First off I've read that we sicko's can have rum, vodka and gin. I've tackled this one minus the gin, haven't tried that one yet, but here is what happened to me.
Vodka: Huuuuuge NO NO, first off potatoes kick my ass in a major way and vodka is made from potatoes so that should of been a no brainer for me. I didn't even have a shot, maybe a 1/2 of a shot of vodka and like 20 minutes later my ears were on fire, I mean red, BRIGHT red and felt warm to the touch and itched. Not a good look for me especially since I wore my hair up that night. DOH!! I do want to add I was an idiot and DID NOT take a Histame pill prior to drinking this, I know, I know what an ass. So it's hard to say at this point whether or not I would have been fine had I did. I do know I will never drink vodka again because I'm scared of potatoes anyways LOL.
Rum: Not gonna lie, in my single days Malibu Rum was my go to alcohol and I loved it. Of course I was poor so I would get my drink on before I arrived at the club, ya know, to keep things cheap. Anyhoo I used to mix mine with orange juice but citrus is completely out of the question and even though I did take my Histame pills prior to consumption I wasn't going to stack my odds too high against myself. So I chose coke as my poison to mix it with (no, not cocaine, coca-cola, I swear where is YOUR mind at?) Soda usually has a bunch of crap in it and coke probably is the worst since it can actually eat the acid off your car battery in a matter of minutes. But hey, you don't have much of a choice when out and about. So, about 15 minutes after consuming my Histame pill I indulged. It tasted great and no immediate negative response (even ate the cherry!). I took one more Histame and ordered another glass and then another. I took only a total of 2 Histames and drank 3 Malibu and cokes and was fine. I didn't even get a buzz which is odd because wine makes my clothes fall off and somehow makes my tongue stop working, but that's neither here nor there. Bottom line is, for me anyways, Malibu and coke worked, with Histame that is. Not sure if I would of reacted without Histame or not. I wasn't ballsy enough to try but either way I'm happy that if I do ever go out again I can rest assured that I will not have a reaction immediate or a few days later. Thumbs up on this mixed drink.
Then I REALLY tested Histame and went for the gusto WINE.....the fermented mamma of all mamma's, hey if you're gonna go big why not go really really BIG!
Wine: Okay I love my wine, hell I'm Italian it's in my blood to love wine! But alas, wine does not like me since this whole histamine condition started. Which really is a no brainer since it's fermented and contains sulphites. If any alcohol is going to f**k you up it WILL be wine. I took a Histame pill prior to consumption of my first glass and about two more Histame pills later throughout the night. I drank a total of 4 glasses of wine. I was drunk, which was very odd because 4 glasses of wine don't get me "drunk", horny yes, drunk no. Which leads me to believe the research I read on how histamine intolerant people make ethanol naturally in their bodies and so that explains the foggy brain thinking etc. because we are basically intoxicated all the time. Weird huh!? Anyhoo, because wine is so heavily fermented and contributes to more histamine, than say maybe the rum makes you get drunk quicker??? I don't know just a thought. All I know is generally 4 glasses of wine don't get me a drunk so there must be a theory somewhere in there that is correct. Initially the Histame pills helped, now, the next day was horrible I mean horrible! Major migraine, dizziness, nausea, the poops (TMI), and general malaise and feeling pretty much like shit. This lasted most of the day. So it is MY thought that the Histame pills didn't quite work like they were supposed to because the day after my shitty day my right eye swelled. So I feel like this justifies my statement in my blog entry regarding Histame that sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't and sometimes it works in the short term only. Either way no more wine for this Italian. I'll stick to my rum and cokes thank you very much!
I'm not a huge gin drinker so it's a pretty safe bet you'll have to try that one out for yourself. Although gin is probably the winner in what we can drink because it is the only one of the three that is not fermented when it's being made. So someone maaaay be able to consume gin without even taking a Histame who knows. If you do happen to try it out with the Histame or not, let me know!
---Side note, I wanted to add that the night of rum drinking I DID also consume a Zyrtec after my first drink (antihistamine) so I'm not sure if that contributed to me not having a reaction or if it was just over kill on my part. One should probably not consume antihistamines with alcohol however it did NOT affect me negatively in anyway.