It is a well-known fact that alcohol consumption can produce many harmful effects on the human body. Alcohol can impair the auditory cortex (part of the brain), hearing, and balance, resulting in vertigo. However, vertigo is commonly associated with short-term and intermittent alcohol consumption rather than long-term use because long-term consumption can increase your alcohol tolerance.
In addition, alcohol withdrawal can also lead to vertigo and loss of balance. Keeping in view these correlations, it is recommended to avoid alcohol if you have vertigo or have previously been diagnosed with vertigo. Fortunately, Confidant Health provides Medication-Assisted treatment (MAT) for alcohol use to prevent alcohol-induced effects on the body.
What is vertigo?
Vertigo is a subtype of dizziness that presents the feeling that you, or the environment around you, are spinning. Common causes of vertigo include BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), vestibular neuritis, Ménière's syndrome,head injury, medications, and alcohol consumption.
Although vertigo itself is considered a symptom (rather than a disease), it can occur in combination with other symptoms. Some of the common symptoms include,
- Tinnitus (Ringing sounds in ears)
- Aural fullness
- Nystagmus (Uncontrolled horizontal movement of eyes)
Common Causes of Vertigo
Common causes of vertigo include the following,
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis (viral infection and inflammation of the vestibular nerve)
- Meniere’s disease (accumulation of excessive fluids in the inner ear)
- Alcohol-related vertigo
- Drug-induced vertigo
- Stroke or Head injury.