Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS

//Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS

IC Awareness Daily Fact #26

Is it safe to drink wine when you have interstitial cystitis (IC), bladder pain syndrome (BPS) or chronic prostatitis? If you’re actively in a flare or have Hunner’s lesions, drinking wine would be foolish because alcohol on any tender tissue or open wound would sting. However, when your urinary symptoms have improved, it may be worth trying a low acid, low alcohol wine.

In 2009, we surveyed more than 500 patients who shared with us their experience with wine. 21% reported that they could drink wine without any bladder irritation. 31% reported that they sometimes drink wine without being worse for wear. On the other hand, 48% of patients reported that wine always irritated their bladders.

White wines were better tolerated than reds due, most likely due to the extra added histamines found in red wine. Wines free from sulfites and/or that were organic were easier on the bladder.

If you’re a white wine drinker, we suggest: Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc.

If you’re a red wine drinker, the clear favorite was Merlot.

Patients also suggested having wine on the rocks, and/or following it with a large glass of water to reduce the overall irritation. Some patients have also used Prelief to reduce the overall acid content.



Free Download – Osborne J. Schmidt J. Wine, Beer & Spirits: Do They Trigger IC Flares? IC Optimist Summer/Fall 2010. 15-18

By | 2017-07-21T07:46:46-07:00 September 26th, 2014|Daily Facts|Comments Off on Daily Fact #26 – Wine and IC/BPS

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. Representing the IC community, she has appeared radio and TV shows including the PBS “Healthy Body Healthy Mind” television series. She serves as editor of the IC Optimist quarterly magazine and has authored dozens of articles on IC. She spends the majority of her time developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app!