Can Alcohol Cause Night Sweats?

Robert Gerchalk

Robert is our health care professional reviewer of this website. He worked for many years in mental health and substance abuse facilities in Florida, as well as in home health (medical and psychiatric), and took care of people with medical and addictions problems at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He has a nursing and business/technology degrees from The Johns Hopkins University.

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Does Alcoholism Cause Night Sweats?

Alcoholism is a term used to describe someone who drinks heavily and frequently, to the point where their alcohol consumption interferes with their daily life. People with alcoholism often have a strong craving for alcohol and struggle to control how much they drink. Heavy drinking can lead to a number of health problems, including liver damage, heart disease, and cancer.

One potential side effect of alcoholism is night sweats. Night sweats are episodes of sweating that happen at night, often accompanied by hot flashes. They can be caused by a variety of things, including menopause, anxiety, and certain medications.

It’s not clear exactly how alcohol consumption can lead to night sweats, but it’s thought that it may be due to the fact that alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes the body to lose fluids. This can lead to dehydration, which can in turn cause night sweats. Alcoholism can also cause changes in hormone levels, which may contribute to night sweats.

If you’re struggling with alcoholism, it’s important to seek help from a medical professional. There are a number of treatment options available, including therapy, medication, and support groups.