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Heart rate high. Unable to sleep, close eyes after drinking red wine, completely sober. Reason?

I have a question if the following is possible. Basically what is happening is might heart rate has been about 20 beats per minute higher then usual, and I have had problems getting to sleep. In fact last night I had a full bottle of red wine in a 4 hour period. This would usually knock me out. Not only could I not get to sleep but I could barely keep my eyes closed. They would just keep popping open. Within 2 hours of drinking I am basically completely sober, or at least thats how it feels. Usually I would feel like crap for about 12 hours. Its basically like I am on some type of amphetamine . There is no way this is caused by anxiety or something. That might explain occasional sleep issues but not this soberness I have after drinking. I don t have shakes or large pupils like if I was on speed or something. So my question is what type of chemical could this be in my system and what possible ways could it be getting in. I have ruled out food and drink. So it is either some type of airborne or contact through the skin?
Asked On : Mon, 14 Jan 2013
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Psychologist 's  Response
Dec 2015
Welcome to HCM
We understand your concerns

I sincerely think that your worries have no basics. You explains and rules out some possibilities which you are confident about. How can you do that unless you are master of your body science.

My assumption is that your limited knowledge combined with alcohol triggers hypochondriasis in you. The soberness after just two hours of having alcohol explains that. Anxious people keep open their eyes throughout days together. Your problem is definitely anxiety.

Quit drinking and consult a counselor / psychologist for further advice.

Wish you speedy recovery.
Answered: Mon, 3 Jun 2013
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Addiction Medicine Specialist Dr. Preeti Parakh's  Response

One possible reason for your not feeling drowsy after a full bottle of wine could be that over time your brain has developed some tolerance for alcohol. Other factors that may be implicated are, whether you had eaten something before having alcohol or not and how quickly you had the alcohol. Since you had the full bottle over a four hour period, your body got enough time to metabolise the alcohol. Difficulty in sleeping may be one of the earliest signs of alcohol withdrawal. I would have been able to help you better if you had mentioned your usual alcohol intake and how it has changed over last few months. Also it is difficult to comment on your heart beat as you have not mentioned how much it is, but again, raised heart beat is common in alcohol withdrawal.

The symptoms are unlikely to be due to any infection as in that case you would have also had some fever, malaise etc.

Hope this is of some help to you.
Answered: Mon, 3 Jun 2013
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