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Bloating is a condition in which your abdominal area feels uncomfortably full; this may be accompanied by swelling or distention, according to the MedLine Plus website. Bloating occurs when the body retains excess water and/or gas builds-up in your digestive system. Bloating causes belly pain, which may range from dull and constant to sharp and stabbing.

Relieve your stress before drinking. Stress can have adverse effects on the digestive system, including symptoms of bloat. Stress can also aggravate a preexisting condition. Meditation, exercise and journaling your thoughts and feelings are helpful methods for reducing stress.

Eat foods not known to lead to bloat in the hours before and after drinking wine. Foods that may cause bloat include red meat, fried foods and any food that typically causes gas, such as broccoli and beans. Drinks to avoid include coffee, carbonated sodas and those containing artificial sweeteners. Eat and drink in moderation.

Drink water. Drinking a glass of water between each glass of wine will help stave off the dehydrating effects of the alcohol, slow the speed of your drinking and limit your overall intake.

Consume a food or drink containing fructose after you share a bottle of wine. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes that products, such as fruit juice and honey will help burn away alcohol faster, getting it out of your system more quickly and perhaps bringing speedier relief to your symptoms.

Snack on dark chocolate or unsalted nuts. According to Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D., bloating caused by water retention due to drinking alcohol may be relieved eating foods high in magnesium. The Healthy Living Site notes that magnesium reduces levels of the neurotransmitter that regulates bloating, and as little as 100 mg reduces excess water weight.

See your doctor to make sure you don’t have an underlying condition leading to repeated instances of bloating. Bloating can be an ongoing problem for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease or lactose intolerance, according to the Mayo Clinic website.