With the holidays upon us, many adults with food allergies may be planning to celebrate at cocktail parties and other social events where alcohol is served. While it’s always important to drink responsibly, there are some additional precautions to take related to managing food allergies to keep in mind this holiday season.
First, alcohol use slows reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination. Adults with food allergies who become impaired could let their guard down and not be as vigilant about cross-contact possibilities or checking labels; they may take chances that they normally might not, which might adversely affect their ability to recognize a reaction, administer medication, or seek medical attention.
Second, if you unintentionally consume one of your allergens, alcohol could also influence how quickly the allergen is absorbed into the body, resulting in symptoms occurring faster.
And finally, many cocktails contain food allergens, such as the liqueurs Amaretto (almonds), Frangelica (hazelnuts), and Irish cream (milk), and may cause an allergic reaction. Ingredients vary according to producer. Therefore, be cautious when choosing a drink, and celebrate responsibly.