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    Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    tea can also cause inebriation

    It is common knowledge that wine and other spirits containing alcohol can make a person inebriated, also commonly known as being “drunk”.  What you might not know is that tea can also cause inebriation.  If you drink too much strong tea, it can have repercussions on your body similar to drinking too much alcohol, for example you may be troubled by tinnitus (a persistent ringing in the ears), or experience dizziness and fatigue.  If you overindulge in strong black teas, your stomach will also feel bloated and overfull, even if you haven't eaten and will cause nausea especially if you drink a lot of strong tea on an empty stomach.  Serious cases of drinking too much strong tea at once can even cause dry heaving.

    How Can Excessive Tea Drinking Cause Adverse Effects

    There are many ways that tea can cause you to experience the side effects similar to those of being drunk or sick:

    drink tea in a proper time

    1. People who rarely drink tea are much more sensitive to the effects of tea, whether positive or negative, and strong tea can upset stomachs, especially if the tea drinker has digestive or stomach problems such as ulcers or acid reflux.

    2. People who are used to drinking highly fermented teas such as black teas, Oolong teas, and Pu-erh teas can experience effects similar to those of alcohol when switching to a much lower fermented or non-fermented tea such as white and green teas.

    3. Drinking tea on an empty stomach, especially stronger highly fermented teas, can cause you to feel drunk as well.

    People are much more likely to feel drunk from drinking freshly pick tea leaves

    fresh tea contains many caffeine

    Fresh tea leaves plucked off the first tea harvest of the tea growing season, early in the springtime is usually of the best quality and highest grade of tea.  Because these teas have been stored for less than a month, they contain much higher levels of caffeine, active alkaloids and other aromatic substances than older teas do.  This increase in chemicals can stimulate the central nervous system and stomach, which can cause one to feel inebriated.

    How to Decrease the Chances of Tea Causing Adverse Effects While Drinking

    Take Time To Enjoy Your Tea

    Never get in a hurry when enjoying your tea.  Part of the beauty and meditative quality that tea has is that it should be calming and soothing, never rushed or hurried.  Use restraint to not taste fresh tea immediately after purchasing it.  Instead, wait at least half an hour so that a good portion of

    Never get in a hurry when enjoying your  tea

    the polyphenols, aldehydes, and alcohols in the freshly picked leaves are oxidized. Once the levels of these chemicals are lower in the tea, it makes the tea much healthier for you to drink.

    Try Not To Overindulge

    Drinking too much tea, as with overindulgence of any kind, can bring negative consequences.  Although tea is a very healthy drink with plenty of health benefits, if you drink more than 10g of tea daily, it can irritate the stomach and esophagus lining, especially if you drink hot tea, which can lead to ulcers, acid reflux, can increase the symptoms of GERD and IBS and can make you feel slightly intoxicated.

    tea snack is a good choice

    It is also a good idea to take your tea with a snack or a meal so that you have something to help absorb the tea in your stomach.  Salty and sweet food can not only provide sodium for your body, but also cause your blood-sugar level to rise, making it less likely for you to experience any adverse effects from drinking your tea.

    Tips For Drinking Tea Properly

    To choose a proper time and keep drinking it, puerh tea will help you lose weight

    Never drink tea on an empty stomach: If you drink tea on an empty stomach, you will not only dilute gastric juices so that you aren't as able to digest foods as well, but the high absorbency rate of water in the tea will also cause your body to absorb caffeine easily causing you to experience dizziness, stress and possibly even neurasthenia in your hands or feet.

    Try to avoid drinking tea after a meal: Teas contain tannin, especially dark teas which contain higher levels of tannin, which can possibly react to iron in your food.  However on the other hand, tea can also help to aide in digestion one hour after the meal, especially Pu-erh tea.

    When you drink tea in the proper times in the proper amounts, tea can be the healthiest drink you can have for your body and mind, and you can enjoy the many benefits of tea by following the above healthy tea guidelines.

    16 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • Christine :



      While in Beijing, I bought a 25 year aged Pu-Erh tea. I have prepared exactly as they showed us in the tea house - remembering to rinse the leaves first. I drank 1 cup, 1 hour after lunch and suffered extreme diarrhea and gas that lasted almost 10 hours. Could I have bought a bad tea or have you heard of people having such extreme reaction?

      Your article had some other great insights - thank you!


    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Christine,
      Thank you for your question.
      I'm sorry to hear the situation you met.
      Everyone has different reaction to a tea. And you'd better go to see the doctor, and find the reason of diarrhea.
      Did you drink the tea alone? if not, then what about other people? Do you still suffer the diarrhea, too?
      And you mentioned the you did the same as the people in tea house do, so I suppose that you drank the tea in the tea house without diarrhea or any bad effects. And since I didn't drink the tea, or see the tea, I can't say anything for sure. Hope you can understand.

    • Charlotte :


      This seems to explain a lot. Over Christmas I have drunk a lot of (black) tea and even today I have drunk around 5 cups (normally it's 2 or 3 which is absolutely fine) and I have been experiencing bloating and nausea. It must be the tea as I have been eating very healthily! Thank you very much for this article. I will definitely cut down on the amount of tea I drink!!

    • Kristin :


      I notice that you mention that some people become nauseous when they drink less oxidized teas. I have indeed found that I can only drink black tea, pu'erh tea and darker oolong teas without feeling extremely nauseous for several hours. But ligher ooling teas -- and all green teas and white teas -- seem to have this effect on me no matter what. I've tried a range of both Japanese and Chinese green teas, as well as greener Chinese oolongs to test this, and they all have the same effect. I've tried a range of different tea grades, as well as organic and non-organic. And I always steep according to the tea company's instructions. I don't drink it on an empty stomach or in large quantities, so I can't figure out why it's bothering me so much?
      I do like the taste of the darker Chinese teas best, but I'd like to be able to switch up my routine a bit from time to time with some lighter ones.

    • Katelyn :


      Wow I am worried for myself... I started drinking about 50 oz or more of oolong tea a day and now that I read this and it all makes sense.... The restless sleeping, the ringing in my ears and the bloating. I take fish pills, vitamins and birth control WITH the tea! I sometimes drink it fast, on an empty stomach, and sometimes hot(usually warm)! I just really don't like plain water and I don't know what to do because I think the oolong has aided my weight loss and improved my skin/acne :(

    • TeaVivre response:


      HI Katelyn,

      I'm glad that you are interested in our article.
      Please don't worry about yourself.
      Everyone had different react to the tea, as long as the tea didn't have bad effects on you health, then you can drink it anyway, anytime you want.
      However, drink in on an empty stomach will make you feel hungry, this maybe not good for weight loss.
      As for the hot water, we also use a boiling water or 95 degree water to brew a oolong tea, it's ok. But not everyone can drink it very hot, because the hot water may burn your mouth. If the high temperature water is ok for you, you can still enjoy the tea in the way you want.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • Giovanni :


      Hi, I am a bit confused, you suggest not to drink tea on an empty stomach but also not after meals? So when are the right circumstances to drink green tea? Many thanks for a reply

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Giovanni,
      Thank you for your question. We say do not drink tea on an empty stomach, because tea may stimulate your stomach, and cause bad reaction.
      However, if you drink tea just after your meal, your body will not sufficiently benefit from the meat you ate just now, because a substance called tannin existing in tea will bond to the iron, bring negative effects on body’s ability to absorb this important mineral.
      Therefore, the proper time for drink tea is at least one hour after you have meals.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • Pauline :


      Hello, thank you for this very insightful and informative article. Recently I have been drinking, or indulging even, in white tea. Ever since this habit began, I noticed, there won't ever be a day when I would not feel 'dizzy'. The dizziness I am feeling is not 'dizziness' per se. I couldn't explain it but I feel more like I am out of balance. It is usually accompanied by a heavy pressure on my head which travels to my temples and behind my ears. This pressure or heaviness causes me to feel lightheaded and it is disrupting my sense of balance/equilibrium. It doesn't matter what position I am in, whether I am sitting or lying on the bed or standing I will get this sudden feeling of tilting to one side or bending over. Is this type of dizziness unusual? It only began when I started drinking white tea...it is awful, and I really like white tea. There was this time when I had nothing but fruits and vegetables in the entire day and white tea when that evening I began to feel really lightheaded like I would faint. Ever since I started drinking tea, my sleep in the evenings would be an interrupted one due to my constant urinating. I have heard that tea can cause you to urinate a lot so this did not surprise me but it is definitely a sleep killer. I wouldn't even drink any tea at all before sleep and yet I would still get up several times every night because I am in need of urinating. I think drinking any tea at all has really done me more bad than good, and this is terrible news to me because I love drinking tea. But, I just don't know anymore. I would usually drink tea before I eat a meal and after I ate a meal...I rarely or never drink it during meals. Also I used to drink green tea 3-5 cups a day though I didn't experience any dizziness. But with white tea there is dizziness, disequilibrium, head and ear pressures, and one time even foggy hearing. This is truly awful.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hello Pauline,

      Thank you very much for writing to us.

      Sincerely sorry to hear that you met this probelm. Actully we suggest that do not drink any teas before sleeping. Do not use tea to take medicine. The caffeine in teas is cordial, not suitable for depressant, anti-tussive and hypnotic medicine. Besides, polyphenols in teas will react to medicines and produce sedimentation, which affects efficacy. Do not drinking tea when hungry. If you do, the tea will dilute acid in your empty stomach, restrain your stomach juices’ secretion. Drink proper amount of teas every day. Too much tea will impact your sleep. Hope this is helpful for you.

      Hope teas will bring happiness to you.

    • Debra :


      Over the last several months I drink 1 or 2 cups of tea every evening. Last night I had 2 cups of chia black tea and 1 cup of green tea. I got a feeling of being unbalanced and the feeling would not leave me after an hour. I went to bed and woke up feeling fine. This has never happened before. Could this be the tea?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Dear Debra,
      Thank you very much for writing to us. Usually we do not recommand drinking any teas before going to bed or when your stomach is empty. For if you drinking teas before going to bed, it will influence your sleeping. Hope this is helpful for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Wish you a good day.

    • Cindy :


      Hello. Thank you for this great information. I have been drinking roughly 40oz of a particular blend of tea for about 6 months now as it helps with my migraines. The blend consists of red raspberry leaves, peppermint leaves, alfalfa and nettle. I make the tea and drink it cold throughout the day. I also recently started drinking about 12 oz of a blend that contains orange peel, red rooibos, red raspberry leaves, hibiscus flowers, ginger root and rose hips. I make this tea hot with a bit of stevia added to it. From what I am reading, it sounds like I am drinking too much tea which can be harmful. Am I drinking to much? Thank you for your information just want to be sure as I started drinking the tea for my health but now not so sure.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Dear Cindy,
      Thank you very much for writing to us.
      I think you can read the article 15 unhealthy ways of tea drinking should be avoided at our website. It will be helpful for your concern. Wish you will be happy and healthy. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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