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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.

    19 comments to Overindulgence in Tea Can Bring Repercussions

    • Nicolas ortiz :


      Is it possible That if i drink to much sweet tea cause dizziness?

    • TeaVivre response:


      Thanks for your question.

      It says the caffeine in green tea speeds up the working of the nervous system and can cause severe effects like dizziness, increased blood pressure and increased heart rate. Everything in limited and monitored quantities can be beneficial and excessive use should be avoided, even tea is considered as a very health beverage in the world.

      Hope it’s helpful.

    • Frances Coates :


      Dear Teavivre, this news is dreadful !
      It seems that tea has as many adverse effects as positive ones. I no longer know when to take my tea. It would seem that the traditional english morning and afternoon teas are the right way to go about it, with cakes or sandwiches. But I'm still confused as I love an early morning tea but this is not good ? Anyway it's not good to snack between meals, it tires the digestion. So, neither before nor after nor during meals and Ï beleived that the chinese drink tea all day long and with their meals ! Is this not so ? Neither between meals as I might be hungry and certainly not tea alone on an empty stomach ! Please help as I love a hot tea five times a day : breakfast, mid morning, after lunch, 5 O'Clock, after dinner. I have noticed the effects you have described : stomach irritation, dizziness, nervosity.What tea should I drink and when ?
      Thanking you for your ravive.

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Frances,

      Thank you for contacting us.
      I'm glad that you love teas.
      You may drink tea in the early morning, however I'd like to suggest you drink some mild, warm tea like black teas, ripened pu erh teas. Normally the English morning tea is also a black tea.
      And to drink the tea before your lunch. The tea will help with your digestion and make you hungry. In this way, you may have some snacks. Therefore this is not good for people who are on diet process.
      And during the meal, I'd like to suggest you don't drink tea along with your food. At the meal time, soup is a better choice.
      For afternoon tea, just the same with mid morning tea. You drink tea along with snacks, and this is the time to add more energy to your body. because you may get hungry several hours after lunch.
      Some Chinese tea did drink tea all day. Tea is a just a drink for them. They may have a sip, and then have another sip after a while when they are thirsty.
      Not the same as your special tea time which you just drink tea, eat snacks etc.
      And every one has different reaction to teas. As long as your body didn't have bad reaction to tea, you can drink it anytime you want.
      Hope this is helpful to your concern.

    • Monica :


      Hi ... I think I must be addicted to tea. I honestly cannot say how many mugs of tea I drink a day... If I was to guess I would think it would be close to 14... I use that as a substitute to food as it is easier for me to boil the kettle and make a tea then cook or make something... But lately I have been getting more palpatations and dizzy spells that are scaring me more now and I am very tired now.... I was going to go cold turkey this morning but I have only had 3 mugs since I was awake at 7.00am and it is now 11.00am.... I have been drinking water and had some warm water with lemon juice to help me go to the toilet (yes I am constipated)... So any ideas to lower this amount would be very helpful.... I love my tea but I think it is getting ridiculous....
      Love your website :)

    • TeaVivre response:


      Hi Monica,

      I'm glad that you enjoy tea that much.
      You mentioned that you suffered palpitations and dizzy spells recently, it sound like tea drunk. However, tea drunk will disappear in several hours. If you still suffer from palpitation, I'd like to suggest you go to see a doctor.
      If you drink a lot of tea on an empty stomach, or drink too much, you will be drunk easily. Please balance food and tea.
      Hope you get better soon.

    • 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.

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