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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.

    10 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • 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.

    • Jaimie S :


      This article was awesome. I recently got a job at a tea shop, and I have been trying so many different combos, and though I've only done drank at most 2 cups a day, they vary from black to white. I felt so awful today, just like I might if I drank to much alcohol. I really wasn't sure as to why either, but this cleared it up for me. Thanks.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Dear Jaimie S,
      Thank you very much for your words. I am very glad that this is helpful for you. Wish you a good day.

    • @Natasha :


      It's slightly too much but if you feel alright you can stick to your habit for the time being...

    • Ashely :


      Hi, I drink on average about 3 cups of tea a day. I mix it up usually but I mostly do green tea. is it okay to drink in this amount?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Drinking around 3-4 cups a day is ok. But do not drink teas when you are hungry, within one hour after meal and before you sleep.

    • Grtien :



      I heard that drinking regularly Salted Black tea damage our Thinking power. Is it True?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Grtien, in fact drinking tea as a habit can prevent memory loss, if you drink it rationally.
      However, regarding salted tea, it is not a good way for tasting teas. The salty flavor may affect black tea's mellow taste, and if you drink it regularly, you may intake too much salt than the normal amount your body can absorb. High salt level in your body may cause problems in blood pressure, heart, kidney, or other diseases.
      Hope this is helpful for your concerns.

    • natasha :


      HI, i suffer bloating and drink up to 10 cups of black tea a day. is this too much?? thanks

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Natasha, you can drink black tea, but it is not suggested to drink 10 cups a day. 3 to5 cups will be good because you are suffering bloating. And it's better not to drink the tea at meal or just in a short time near meals, for the tea liquid may affect digestion.

    • m douglas :


      Hello and thank you!

      I have a bad habit of drinking 4 waters and 3 black teas for breakfast normally im fine but twice ive puked and felt intoxicated an entire day. Today am clutching my lower abdomin in pain after having two black teas Im extremly dizzy and thought i must be pregnant. After reading your article im aware I have been sickening myself.

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