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Friday, March 7, 2014
Diet and Nutrition
Jaw pain from alcohol
Sometimes when I drink alcoholic beverages (mainly red wine) I get a sharp pain at the back of my jaw right under my ear. What is the cause? It feels like the over tightening of a muscle.
An individuals reaction to different foods and beverages can be quite individual and unique. It appears that you are not responding well to the intake of red wine. While I am not certain your reaction is a muscle tightening, you do have muscles in the jaw area that could be reacting. I would suggest you talk to your dentist about your reaction for more specific feedback on your individual response. Thanks for your question.
Kathleen Rourke, PhD, RN, RD, CHES
Formerly, Associate Dean
College of Allied Health Sciences
University of Cincinnati