“Dizzy Talks” – How to Manage Your Vestibular Migraine During the Holidays + Best Tolerated Alcohol for Migraine

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Dizzy Talks with Kayla and Alicia about managing your Vestibular Migraine through the holidays #migraine #vestibulardisorder #vestibularmigraine

I recently sat down with Kayla from True Kaylaisms to host our very first “Dizzy Talks” episode about managing your Vestibular Migraine through the holiday season. It can be a tough time of year for those with a Migraine or Vestibular Disorder. Bright lights, loud parties, and lots of alcohol can trigger dizziness, pain, and even vertigo episodes. 

If you suffer from this disorder, not all hope is lost. You can still find ways to enjoy yourself, it just takes a little prep and planning. In this video we answer your questions about how to handle some common predicaments that arise. Whether it’s figuring out what you can eat or drink, or even discussing how to manage a Migraine Attack through natural treatments or medication, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some ideas for the best tolerated alcohol options if you have a Migraine Disorder. 

Best Tolerated Wine for Migraine

Bonterra – Kayla enjoys the sauvignon blanc. You can usually find this brand at most grocery stores and/or Total Wine and it will run you about $14 a bottle. 

Dragonette Chardonnay – if you have a thing for good Chardonnay like I do, try this one that’s been sourced from organic and biodynamic vineyards. Dragonette is very careful about what goes into their wine. A little more pricey, it’s a good one to save for special holidays. These cost around $40 and you have to ship directly from the website.

Liquid Farm Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc – another great winery in the Santa Barbara area, Liquid Farm believes in no manipulations to their wine. They let the grapes speak for themselves each year without using additives or chemicals. You can sometimes get lucky at Total Wine, or you can search here for a store near you. This will range from $30-40.

Best Tolerated Liquor for Migraine

Vodka – this is the best tolerated alcohol for most people with Migraine. My favorites are Tito’s (made in Texas) and Ocean for an organic vodka. Ocean is made from sugarcane instead of potatoes, but it’s not sweet. I’ve been to their distillery in Maui and it’s wonderful. Mixed with a little bit of good water, it’s the only vodka I’d actually consider sipping. 

Non-Alcoholic Options for Migraine

Seedlip – if you’re a fan of gin and tonics, give this non-alcoholic “gin” a try! It’s available in the UK and even on Amazon. I don’t drink this straight, but it’s really great mixed with a good tonic or soda water. I use cucumber in mine. Side note – it does contain citric acid if you find that to be a trigger for you. 

Our mocktail – 1 tbsp cranberry juice, 1 cup of sparkling water (unflavored), 1 sprig of rosemary, and fresh cranberries. Pomegranate juice and arils would also be wonderful here. Check out this Pear Mojito for another option. 

Alicia was diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016 and has been able to successfully manage her symptoms through medication, supplements, lifestyle changes, and the Heal Your Headache Diet by Dr. David Buchholz from Johns Hopkins. She's the owner of The Dizzy Cook.


  1. Meg

    This dizzy talk was so timely! Thank you soooo much. I was feeling so discouraged tonight after watching my VM suffering hub push through some challenging social events this past weekend. Can’t wait for him to watch this. You gave so many great suggestions, thank you! 💗


    1. Alicia

      I’m so glad you loved it, Meg! We’ll have to keep this up every few months. 🙂


  2. vilma nuzio

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! I have been suffering with Vestibular Migraines for 8 weeks. (Originally diagnosed as BPPV.) I want to treat with natural options. Your articles are a Godsend. I am truly grateful. I found your link when looking to see if decaf coffee is OK. Obviously it can also be a trigger. I am going to Whole Foods for the Allegro Organic French Roast from the Swiss Water Process.
    By the way, I am looking into some treatments with acupuncture. Have you found any positive comments on this procedure to help cope with this ailment.
    I truly appreciate your link. Thank you again. Vilma



    1. Alicia

      Hi Vilma – Oh that’s great news! I hope you have success with the allegro – I really enjoy it! As for acupuncture, I did try it for a few months with no noticeable change. That doesn’t mean it won’t help you! I think I had better success with acupressure, reflexology, and massage…which essentially does something similar. This is probably because none of those involve needles, which always brought me a little stress. 🙂 I always say these things are worth a try – many people I know have been helped by acupuncture.


  3. Anonymous

    Thanks Alicia. I appreciate your prompt reply. I will let you know if I have received some relief from acupuncture. Again, thank you for your support.


  4. Marie

    I really appreciated hearing this talk! I am four years into this and am still trying to have more good days without dizziness and tintinitis. I definitely agree with the helpfulness of massage and meditation ( I use the Headspace app). 2mg of Valium is my go to when the dizziness gets to be too much. I also try to get extra rest and drink more water when I attend an event that could cause problems. Thanks for sharing your tips!


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