Does Alcohol Make Your Eyes Puffy?

Drinking leads to multiple trips to the bathroom. This is because consumption of alcohol causes a decrease in a substance called anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). This hormone is normally responsible for retaining fluid by regulating urine production.

As blood alcohol levels rise, less ADH is available, and more water is excreted by the kidneys.

This situation reverses itself, however, when blood alcohol levels begin to fall, and your body begins to compensate for the temporary, alcohol induced dehydration. ADH levels rise, urinary output decreases, and you become thirsty.

By the time the hangover gets into full swing, you actually retain fluid. This is evidenced by the puffy eyes and face that may occur after a night of drinking. This fluid retention, also known as edema, may also contribute to the hangover headache and body aches.

ADH is secreted by the pituitary- the master endocrine gland of the body. Since pituitary controls most other hormonal systems of the body, its disturbance may lead to various symptoms. Thyroid gland is controlled by pituitary, hence thyroid functioning may also get disturbed. Patient may feel lethargic, weak and tired all the time.