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I have lived in South East Asia for 7 years.

I know that we sweat (at least I do) when the fan is off and/or A/C is off.

But why do people who drink sweat at night, or when they take naps?

I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles.

What does this sweating mean?

I don't sweat every night, but I do sweat sometimes.

Also, when I wake up, and lay in bed without moving, but am awake, the sweating stops.

Anyone with info on this and what it's about?

Thanks in advance.

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I have lived in South East Asia for 7 years.

I know that we sweat (at least I do) when the fan is off and/or A/C is off.

But why do people who drink sweat at night, or when they take naps?

I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles.

What does this sweating mean?

I don't sweat every night, but I do sweat sometimes.

Also, when I wake up, and lay in bed without moving, but am awake, the sweating stops.

Anyone with info on this and what it's about?

Thanks in advance.

That's a lot of booze, certainly I feel hot when I drink more than 2. My guess is you are not so much as falling asleep as passing out in a hot room due to intoxication - if so anybody would sweat under such conditions. I suppose it varies but generally a room temp. above 28/29 degrees feels hot to me.

It means you are human :o .

True nightsweats are a sign of illness, or perhaps even anxiety, and are characterised by saturation of nightsheets. It doesn't sound like this.

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...I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles...

I would like to know what the clinical definition of an "alcoholic" is as I think you may be one. I suggest you go see a doctor soon rather than ask people on this forum to diagnose your problem.

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...I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles...

I would like to know what the clinical definition of an "alcoholic" is as I think you may be one. I suggest you go see a doctor soon rather than ask people on this forum to diagnose your problem.

For men - more than 21 standard drinks in a week is considered potentially detrimental to your health.

One small tiger is about 1.3 standard drinks.

Most people I know are in for some big trouble later in life.

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And I suppose small quantities of cigarettes are good for 'flashing' out the lungs?

a pint of guiness was use to serve in irish hospitals as a source of nutrients. Everyday glass of wine is good for blood. Smoking is a different matter.

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a pint of guiness was use to serve in irish hospitals as a source of nutrients. Everyday glass of wine is good for blood. Smoking is a different matter.

That doesn't mean drinking booze is good for your kidneys, which is what you are implying. I think water is the best liquid to flush out the kidneys.

Although I do follow the practice that the first two beers are just to get hydration levels to a healthy point :o

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I would class myself as a regular drinker, who also abstains regularly. :o When I am drinking I find I suffer from the same symptoms as the OP. Having to throw out sweat stained pillows etc. During the periods of abstinence my sweating decreases dramatically, even though my body hydration is much higher.(Much more water drunk) This also extends into the daytime. I like to work physically in the garden and profuse sweating is decreased noticeably.

As a side note, my wife and I occasionally fast for a day, resulting in highly increased levels of well-being for a few days afterwards.

Regards

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What does this sweating mean?

I sweat every night from the head, or if I fall asleep in the chair. I hate sir con and never have it on in any room [Very rarely have the 'climate control' on in the car as I live out in the sticks much nicer to drive with the window open]

I do NOT drink alcohol and never have..... Black coffee, water, diet Pepsi, 1x glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice in the morning and 1x glass on unsweetened orange at night before bed..

I have from years always slept with a clean towel on my pillow, and have a towel on the back of the chair.

Having to throw out sweat stained pillows
Not found them here yet still use the ones from the UK I brought with me, 'Pillow Protectors'
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I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles.

What does this sweating mean?

The calories coming from alcohol are "dummy" or "thermal" calories that many people release through sweat. That sweat itself is the least of the problem of drinkers.

That sweating destroys the theory of "beer belly". Beer belly comes from the lifestyle linked with beer or alcohol consumtion. The lifestyle may lead to other problems as well - high blood sugar for one.

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Beer belly comes from the lifestyle linked with beer or alcohol consumtion.

I have what some call a Beer belly for the past 45 years, I have never drunk beer or any alcohol, or for that matter much sweat things as I am a diabetic for years

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From my experience no two bodies are the same and people have different chemical reactions to the excessive consumption of alcohol.

But certainly sweating in one form or another is a common symptom of too much alcohol. I am not a doctor, so I can't say whether it is the "alcohol seeping out of the pores", as some might say, but it is certainly some kind of reaction by your body for being abused.

In my case, if I have been drinking heavily for many days, then increasingly I would break out in major sweats in the afternoon, as I was sobering up from the previous night's session. Sometimes it would be so bad that my clothes would be drenched in sweat.

I suspect this is what the OP is experiencing at night, bearing mind that everyone reacts slightly differently.

In recent years I have made two serious attempts top quit drinking twice (I am now one month into sobriety), and on both occasions, within a few days of quitting, I start to have major sweats at night (the pillow and sheet-soaking variety), which lasts for a number of days, and eventually goes away. Presumably the body is doing some kind of readjustment (withdrawal symptoms?) following the disappearance of alcohol in the blood stream.

No doubt a medical expert can provide more scientific explanations for this, but to the OP, I would advise that you are drinking too much, and your body is trying to tell you something.

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...I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles...

I would like to know what the clinical definition of an "alcoholic" is as I think you may be one. I suggest you go see a doctor soon rather than ask people on this forum to diagnose your problem.

Here is a definition posted by George on the "I drink too much" thread: DEFINTION

Also, for those who may be interested, here is a check list to determine if you are an alcoholic: LIST

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Also, for those who may be interested, here is a check list to determine if you are an alcoholic: LIST

That links no good...

Sorry, no idea why it doesn't work. Anyway, here's the check-list:

Are You An Alcoholic?

You might like to take the following test, developed by the World Health Organisation. To calculate your score add the figures up in the left-hand column. A score of eight or more suggests a drink problem.

1.How often do you drink alcohol?

(0) Never

(1) Monthly

(2) 2-4 times a month

(3) 2-3 times a week

(4) 4 or more times a week

2.How many units of alcohol do you drink on a typical day?

(0) 1 or 2

(1) 3 or 4

(2) 5 or 6

(3) 7, 8 or 9

(4) 10 or more

3.How often do you have six or more units of alcohol on one occasion?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

4.How often during the last year have you found that you were not able to stop drinking once you had started?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

5. How often during the last year have you failed to do what was expected of you because of drinking?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

6. How often during the last year have you needed a drink first thing in the morning to get yourself going after a heavy drinking session?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly (2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

7. How often during the last year have you felt guilt or remorse after drinking?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

8. How often during the last year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking?

(0) Never

(1) Less than monthly

(2) Monthly

(3) Weekly

(4) Daily or almost daily

9. Have you or someone else been injured as a result of your drinking?

(0) No

(2) Yes, but not in the last year

(3) Yes, during the last year

10. Has a relative, friend, doctor or health worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down?

(0) No

(2) Yes, but not in the last year

(3) Yes, during the last year

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I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles.

What does this sweating mean?

The calories coming from alcohol are "dummy" or "thermal" calories that many people release through sweat. That sweat itself is the least of the problem of drinkers.

That sweating destroys the theory of "beer belly". Beer belly comes from the lifestyle linked with beer or alcohol consumtion. The lifestyle may lead to other problems as well - high blood sugar for one.

Not 100% true. Beer contains alcohol and the body will convert alcohol into Triglycerides which are then stored as fat. Sheryl will no doubt be able to elaborate on this more knowledgeably than me.

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Thanks for all of the replies. I'm currently taking a break from the sudz for a couple of days. I am following the thread. Thanks.

I have the same symptom. But my sweating is 'cold sweating'. I drink the same (or more) amount, and I am sure it is alcohol related. I have realised since july last year that I am an alcoholic, but I am not still able to quit.

May be you should go and get your liver and kidneys checked. Also: My sweating was reduced after I got medication for 'sinusitis' (some inflammation of cavities in the front of the scull that gives severe headache, mucus, sweating and shivering).

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The sweating is definitely due to the consumption of a rather large amount of beer!

The Alcohol "heats" the body up!

If I have a beer I feel almost instantly sweating...

...I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles...

I would like to know what the clinical definition of an "alcoholic" is as I think you may be one. I suggest you go see a doctor soon rather than ask people on this forum to diagnose your problem.

For men - more than 21 standard drinks in a week is considered potentially detrimental to your health.

One small tiger is about 1.3 standard drinks.

Most people I know are in for some big trouble later in life.

This "health advice" would make many Citizens of many Nations "alcoholics"...

Chec' Republic consumes 160.5 l per Capita annually.

Irish second place with 127.5 l per annum

France with 60 l of Wine per annum

closely followed by Italy with 57.5 l

The annual consumption of vodka in Russia which has a population of approximately 146 million is 4 billion liters a year. According the Russian Health Ministry estimated consumption in 1996 was 18 liters of pure alcohol per adult which is equivalent of 38 liters of 100 proof vodka.In 2002 the vodka consumption was 12.5 liters per person. However, according to retail sales statistics Russians consume 200 million deciliters of vodka a year at 4 billion bottles. In Sweden 59,811 liters of Vodka were sold in 1999. In 1930, the federal government estimated about 800 million gallons (3 billion liter) of alcoholic beverages being produced. In 1955 the United States sold approximately one million two thousand cases of vodka(this accounts to only one company). In 1985 the volume of vodka consumption increased to 3.75 gallons per person. Vodka has recently been the most popular spirit consumed around the world.

from:

People just seem to love a nice drink or 12...

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there is a difference between low alcohol beer in Czech (about 4-5% alcohol), whisky+guiness+ cider (about 38%+6%+7%) in Ireland, wine 12% in France and Italy (almost always diluted with water during meals) and vodka 38% in russia.

there are not that many alcoholics in czech republic, france or italy, but certainly in those last 2 countries a lot of men have liver problems

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I drink about 5-7 big Tiger beers per night. 640 ML bottles.

What does this sweating mean?

The calories coming from alcohol are "dummy" or "thermal" calories that many people release through sweat. That sweat itself is the least of the problem of drinkers.

That sweating destroys the theory of "beer belly". Beer belly comes from the lifestyle linked with beer or alcohol consumtion. The lifestyle may lead to other problems as well - high blood sugar for one.

Not 100% true. Beer contains alcohol and the body will convert alcohol into Triglycerides which are then stored as fat. Sheryl will no doubt be able to elaborate on this more knowledgeably than me.

If you locked yourself up with a barrell of beer and nothing else for a week, would you come out fatter or nearly dead of starvation?

(sorry for edits, my keyboard is from Thai, originally bought for 100 baht to be a toy for my (then) baby. Lots of fatfingering when typing)

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small quantities of beer are good in flashing out kidneys

:o

And I suppose small quantities of cigarettes are good for 'flashing' out the lungs?

Call me Mr Pedantic..... But, a small amounts of alcohol might well be beneficial at stimulating clearance, and maybe 1 cigarette a day would act as an expectorant and 3 a day might not be damaging at all.

Trouble with cigs is 1, becomes 3, becomes 10, becomes a health damaging habit that can lead to an earlier death.

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I suggest that heavy sweating after the consumption of beer is also a result of the "digestion" process. After all, digestion is a chemical process and when things get broken down, heat is a byproduct. If any of you have made the mistake of eating a big meal and then going to sleep, you will most likely have experienced the sweats as well.

Drinking large amounts of alcohol and then going to sleep is dangerous. One of the side effects is sleep apnea, and even regurgitation. It is not unusual for the stomach to churn, pushing up fluids into the esophagus, which can then dribble down into the airway. It is believed to be one of the many factors that contributes to the higher incidence of esophagal cancer in heavy drinkers.

I suggest that the thread on drinking be read. Not a very healthy lifestyle described by the OP.

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I suggest that heavy sweating after the consumption of beer is also a result of the "digestion" process. After all, digestion is a chemical process and when things get broken down, heat is a byproduct. If any of you have made the mistake of eating a big meal and then going to sleep, you will most likely have experienced the sweats as well.

Drinking large amounts of alcohol and then going to sleep is dangerous. One of the side effects is sleep apnea, and even regurgitation. It is not unusual for the stomach to churn, pushing up fluids into the esophagus, which can then dribble down into the airway. It is believed to be one of the many factors that contributes to the higher incidence of esophagal cancer in heavy drinkers.

I suggest that the thread on drinking be read. Not a very healthy lifestyle described by the OP.

It's a very good posting IMHO.

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Please be advised I am not diagnosing or giving medical advice However; drinking the quantities of alcohol you have suggested in your post could quite possibly be shutting down your kidneys and liver thus your body sweats in an attempt to purge itself of toxins. I would keep an eye on skin coloration, if the skin is yellowing it would be wise to go to a hospital.

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I suggest that the thread on drinking be read. Not a very healthy lifestyle described by the OP.

I agree, it's not a healthy lifestyle. I'm getting older now. I love my sudz and pub conversation. But moderation is what I needed for many of the medical reasons.

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Night sweats. I suffered from them for years. Medical term is 'Hyperhydrosis'. I didn't drink much and I had no worries. I used to wake up within 2-3 hours of sleep absolutely saturated in sweat even though I was not hot. It used to be so bad that I'd have to get up and towel dry myself. I saw a few specialist and they could find no reason behind it.

Due to me being physically fit they told me to "just live with it". I did and, after about 20 years, it disappeared without treatment. The doctors did come up with one possible cause, and that was that my body produced to much 'Adrenaline' causing my body to naturally burn this up when sleeping, as opposed to burning it off through work.

As per the advice I was given, " if you're otherwise healthy, don't worry". Good luck.

PS

My sweats started when I was 26 and they stopped once my body naturally started to slow down due the onset of old age at 45ish.

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