Is yellow vomit after drinking alcohol normal? 

Is yellow vomit after drinking alcohol normal? 

No, Yellow vomit after drinking alcohol is not normal. It indicates that you’re throwing up bile, and according to experts, it could be the first sign of liver damage. This usually happens with heavy drinkers, as occasional alcohol intake does not lead to throwing up bile. (1)

This could be a sign telling you to start limiting your alcohol intake. Alcohol is injurious to your health in more ways than you can imagine. 

What to do if you’re throwing up yellow-colour contents after drinking? 

If you’re throwing up bile after drinking, there are a few things that could help you. These include:

Cut back on alcohol 

The first and very basic thing you should do is cut back on alcohol. As I just stated, alcohol can start to damage your liver (2,3). It not only damages the normal functioning of the organ but also increases the production of free radicals in your body which increases the risk of cancer. 

Prolonged alcohol use can also lead to cirrhosis, which is characterised by inflammation of the liver. 

Increase your fluid intake 

Throwing up bile can severely dehydrate your body. When alcohol irritates your stomach, it triggers vomiting and all the fluids present in your stomach are lost. 

This dehydration could cause further complications if it is not managed properly. If you are feeling way too drained, I would recommend you talk to your healthcare provider. 

Severe dehydration is not reversed simply by drinking water and you may need an IV infusion of water and electrolytes to make up for it. 

Take OTC medications

If you continue to feel nauseous, you can ask your local pharmacy for an OTC antiemetic medication to help manage your vomiting episodes. Excessive vomiting can lead to muscle strain, resulting in discomfort and potential breathing difficulties.

You can also take OTC painkillers like Ibuprofen to help get some relief. Make sure you avoid Paracetamol as it is hepatotoxic in nature and may cause further damage to your liver. 

Do not pair alcohol with medications

It is not wise to take medications with alcohol. There is always a possibility of an inevitable interaction between your prescription medications and alcohol and there is no way to predict how bad it will hit you if it occurs. 

Meds are also generally heavy on your liver and kidneys as these two organs are primarily involved in the metabolism and excretion of medications. Such meds combined with alcohol can put twice the load on your liver which could aggravate liver damage. 

Final words

Yellow vomiting after drinking alcohol is not normal and it could be a sign of a damaged liver. If you suspect that you have liver damage caused by alcohol, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly. 

Your doctor may perform various tests, such as blood tests and imaging scans, to evaluate the extent of the liver damage. It is important to be honest about your alcohol consumption and any symptoms you may be experiencing. 

They can recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting alcohol, adopting a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. They may also prescribe medications or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and management. 

Remember, early detection and intervention are key in managing liver damage caused by alcohol.

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