Science Finally Reveals Why Some People Get a 'Red Wine Headache'

Tis the season for feasting and wine-ing! Wait before you grab a Christmas charcuterie tray and your favorite merlot or cabernet and relax by the fire. In Scientific Reports, UC Davis researchers found "red wine headaches" exist.

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We've all had too much wine and woke up hungover, but this new research on red wine indicates even a tiny glass might cause a headache. It may also happen 30 minutes to three hours after drinking.

The study team found why this annoying headache arises and why it affects people who don't experience headaches from little doses of other drinks. Scientists blame "Quercetin," a flavanol found in numerous fruits and vegetables, including grapes. 

Quercetin, a beneficial antioxidant, is available in supplements. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and anticancer effects, according to Pharmaceuticals study. When Quercetin metabolizes with red wine, problems arise.

UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology professor emeritus Andrew Waterhouse, wine scientist and corresponding author, said, "Your body transforms it to quercetin glucuronide in your circulation. That inhibits alcohol metabolism."

According to the study's principal author, Apramita Devi, a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology, drinking red wine may lead to acetaldehyde, a toxin. Acetaldehyde is a recognized irritant, toxin, and inflammatory. 

Waterhouse says Quercetin levels vary greatly depending on the red wine you consume or purchase. Grapes release quercetin in reaction to sunshine. Quercetin levels are greater in Napa Valley cabernets grown with clusters exposed. It may be four to five times higher."