Vestibular Disorders and Alcohol

Vertigo is a condition in which one experiences the sensation of spinning that results in a lack of balance and dizziness. Vertigo and dizziness can be caused by many things, one of which is alcohol. When drinking alcohol, it is absorbed into all aspects of the bloodstream. Vertigo occurs when alcohol is aborbed into the inner ear.

The obvious answer to this problem is to not drink while you have symptoms of a vestibular disorder. One might overlook this suggestion, but note that alcohol reduces the effectiveness of vestibular rehabilitation.

3 responses to this post.

  1. […] Original post by balancechicago […]


  2. Posted by Katherine on June 24, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Thanks for the advice. I have avoided alcohol and am pleased to know this is the right thing to do. One question though. For those people who fully recover from a vestibular injury, such as Vestibular Neuritis, what happens if they have a drink in the future? Will they decompensate and get dizzy with alcohol? I often wonder if avoiding alcohol is for life.


  3. Posted by balancechicago on June 30, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Once you are fully recovered you should discuss this with your healthcare provider. Opinions will vary on whether you should consume alcohol or not, it will vary from person to person. Research supports alcohol causing a delay in compensation as well as decompensation when the vestibular system is repaired. Some people do not have an increase in symptoms with alcohol others do. THere is not really a black & white answer. Check with your health care provider and see how you feel.


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