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My husband has been at a party plenty to drink red wine & beer and has been sick for the last 2 hours with one bout of diahraea - he says he feels awful is this too much drink or does he have noro virus ?

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Consult reply by Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian - Specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.

Thank you for choosing Doctorspring. I will be glad to help you.

I understand you are concerned about your husband's health. From what I understand your husband has been feeling sick and had a bout of diarrhea for about 2 hours after drinking alcohol.
In most probability your husband is experiencing a 'hangover' as the post effects of drinking heavy alcohol. However, I may require you to answer a few questions before I could probably be sure that he is experiencing only a hangover.
1.Does he have fever?
2.Is his diarrhea bloody?
3.Has he had similar episodes after drinking before?
4.Does he have any past history of gastrointestinal problems?
5.Is he taking any prescribed or over the counter drugs for any other health issue?

In case your husbands answers to all the above questions was a 'no', then in all probability he is just having a hangover. Alcohol causes gastric irritation and it is common to have a few bouts of diarrhea after heavy drinking.
Make sure he is adequately re-hydrated. It is necessary that he drinks plenty of water and eats a healthy diet. If the diarrhea persists he could be recommended to follow the BRAT diet- bananas, rice water, apples peeled and toast(unbuttered). He must be better in a couple of days. In case he develops any fever, bloody diarrhea ,disorientation or any other alarming symptom I strongly recommend you to take him to the ER. Hope this helps.

Thank you.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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