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My mom is allergic to sulfates which are in almost all alcohol's. What types of alcohol are sulfate free?

She can have champagne, but everything else gives her a huge migraine.

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First, to be clear, they are sulfites, not sulfates. Second, it is a common misconception that many people are allergic to sulfites. It is true that some are, but the number is very small. With wine, it is almost always the hystamines that are naturally present in grapes that provide the "sulfite hangover," as it is common referred. Sulfites are used as a preservative to prevent wine, from basically turning to vinegar (or other equally nasty substance, but that's another story).

As a wine, Champagne (sparkling wine), will also have a significant level of sulfites which seems odd that your Mom *is* able to drink.

Hard alcohol, as a distilled product, does not have any artificially added sulfites, nor have any residual sulfites from the base product. The high levels of alcohol (20-50% vs. 12-16% for wine) act as a preservative negating the need. Note that the manufacturer must disclose on the bottle if sulfites are added.

It may very well be your mom has an intolerance to alcohol. I can't explain why bubbly is ok but the rest is not.

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I thought it was sulfites, but the spell check said that was wrong, lol. She said whenever she drinks alcohol other than champagne she gets a migraine headache and will feel sick. She told me it was because of the sulfites. If it's not that, what is it?
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Your mom could be allergic to the grain the alcohol is made of. Most vodka for example is made with wheat or grain. Allergies to grains is becoming very common in the USA. Have her try an alternative vodka made with potatoes. Zodiac and Chopin are two good potato vodkas. If she still has issues with potato vodka then perhaps she does have issues with alcohol in general.

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Wine is a notorious migraine trigger, especially red wine, and many ingredients can be culprits, including alcohol itself. It's not uncommon for someone to get a migraine from one kind of wine but not another, or to get one from a certain kind of wine some of the time but not all of the time.
It'll take some experimentation to discover what isn't a consistent migraine trigger for her, but white wine and vodka (especially potato vodka, as the poster above states) are both typically well tolerated.

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TY-KU SAKE
Completely Gluten free and contains no sulfites or tannins! :)

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