Dizziness when drinking wine; cleaning produce

Created date

November 29th, 2019
Glasses of red wine sit on a cutting board next to bottles of wine and strings of grapes.

Q: I enjoy a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, but lately I feel dizzy after one glass. Why is this happening?  

A: As you get older, your body can become less capable of breaking down alcohol. The presence of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease can also make you more sensitive to it, and many prescription and over-the-counter medicines can interact with alcoholic drinks—augmenting the effects of each. Feeling dizzy, however, is something that needs a prompt evaluation by your doctor in order to rule out other causes. Even slight dizziness puts you at risk for falls. If your doctor determines that the dizziness is related to alcohol, it may not be safe for you to continue drinking alcoholic beverages.  


Q: I rinse fruits and vegetables before eating them, but I wonder if that’s enough to remove germs or toxins?

A: Any fresh produce can have bacteria or pesticides and other toxins, even if it’s grown at home organically or purchased at a farmer’s market. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that you thoroughly wash produce under cool running tap water, and then dry it with a paper towel or clean dishcloth to reduce contaminants. Use a scrub brush on firm produce, such as cucumbers. Even if you plan to peel something, you should still wash it to reduce the chance that contaminants are transferred from your knife. The FDA also suggests that you avoid soap, detergents, or commercial washes marketed for produce as they have not been shown to be any more effective than plain running water. If, however, an item is in a package and prewashed, the FDA says it’s okay to eat without additional washing.

Health and wellness experts practice exclusively at Erickson Living communities all over the U.S. Dr. Jeffreys received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., and his master’s degree in psychology/neuropsychopharmacology from American University in Washington, D.C. He received his degree in osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa., where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. Jeffreys completed his residency in internal medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center in Baltimore, Md. Board-certified in internal medicine, he joined Oak Crest in August 2007.