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I have problem,when I drink alcohol(one beer is enoguh),I lose my singing voice for next 4-5 Days.My low range become rich and heavy,but I lose highs,for tenor like me that is big problem.Do anyone have any advice or tips how to recover voice?

Do not drink anymore is option,but in early 20s I really like parties :)

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okay, if you don't want to give up the booze, stop going to parties....lol!!!

alcohol has a drying effect on the vocal folds which leaves them less pliable and subjects them more easily to injury. but reading more into it, if you are losing your voice for that length or time, you might be really abusing it to the point where it can't bounce back.

are you serious about being a singer on a pro level?

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I put myself through a lot of experiments years ago with different types of alcohol everyweek on the same gigs same songs for about a year. My outcome was tequila and water did not really effect me much and I drank very large shots. However adding one beer would effect my voice. And just drinking beer would have a negative effect as well. Bourbons and water was ok and wine slightly effected me but beer always messed with me. Just remember for every drink have a glass of water and you should be fine unless beer messes with you like it did me.

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I have problem,when I drink alcohol(one beer is enoguh),I lose my singing voice for next 4-5 Days.My low range become rich and heavy,but I lose highs,for tenor like me that is big problem.Do anyone have any advice or tips how to recover voice?

Do not drink anymore is option,but in early 20s I really like parties :)

I assume that when you drink it is a social activity? And you're doing a lot of talking, over music, louder than normal talking? I think you're problems may be a combination of the alcohol and using a louder speaking voice in a more intense way. I have these issues too. I was at Summerfest yesterday and we drank and talked loudly over music. My singing voice will be trashed for a few days but my speaking voice feels stronger and deeper than normal. I also get this sort of thing not from drinking, but when I do factory tours and have to speak loudly non-stop for an hour. It will take me several days, or a week before the connection to my head voice is seamless again.

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I know that you won't like to hear it but the first thing I've realized when I've started taking singing lessons is that from now on my body is an instrument. I never was in great shape so from the get-go I'm starting as a low budget instrument, as far as I'm concerned. However, one needs to change strings, adjust intonation and keep it away from things that would damage and devalue it. No way around it...

Maybe compensate on one bad habit by giving up another (if you have them)? smoking, snacks, strong coffee, etc... they all might also cause problems. Some things you might not want or be able to avoid - you better single out the things you can. I didn't quit coffee and chocolate. ;)

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And yeah, as much as I like beer - I found that it does have side-effects when it comes to singing... a shot of whiskey goes down much better (not much of a drinker really, so I didn't experiment with it too much).

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It's Rock'n Roll! :cool: Alcohol doesn't affect me, so it's highly individual. :)

Was not expecting this response lol! :lol:

It depends on the alcohol a lot of them are "drying" some you will not even notice.

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I put myself through a lot of experiments years ago with different types of alcohol everyweek on the same gigs same songs for about a year. My outcome was tequila and water did not really effect me much and I drank very large shots. However adding one beer would effect my voice. And just drinking beer would have a negative effect as well. Bourbons and water was ok and wine slightly effected me but beer always messed with me. Just remember for every drink have a glass of water and you should be fine unless beer messes with you like it did me.

I find that an ample quantity of white russians turns me into Steve Perry. My nose gets bigger than it is, my shirt sprouts leopard spots, and any jacket I'm wearing suddenly becomes a tux jacket. I hit notes that only dogs can hear and I suddenly fight with my guitarist... who grows a fro right before my eyes. Then... I wake up.

Actually though- alcohol is supposed to be bad for singers. I would imagine, that for some it's bad and others, it really doesn't have an effect unless they overdo it. From my experience, it can mellow me out and I appreciate that. I tend to be a bit tense and nervous and non-confident. A drink actually takes away a bit of the stress that I have (for me, stress is WORSE for my voice than anything), and usually, I do fine. Just like the overzealous bar hag, I'll give you the same advice: KNOW YOUR LIMIT. I've had a a time or two in my 30+ years of doing this where I over imbibed (not realizing it actually) and while it didn't hurt my voice that much, it just wasn't a good thing to do. Always be in control. If you drink so much that you lose that, you're going to be in trouble. Also, if you tend to get angrier, not a good idea period. The other thing is, you might OVER sing when drinking.

Now if you didn't really catch a buzz or anything but it's just "I had a beer, now my voice doesn't work", then stop having beers. You could do as Daniel mentioned and find what doesn't wack your voice out. Or, you can just say "Eh, not that important" and stick with water. Water's the best, but it's so boring.

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okay, if you don't want to give up the booze, stop going to parties....lol!!!

alcohol has a drying effect on the vocal folds which leaves them less pliable and subjects them more easily to injury. but reading more into it, if you are losing your voice for that length or time, you might be really abusing it to the point where it can't bounce back.

are you serious about being a singer on a pro level?

lol,tnx man.no I am not ofc ,but I do have some classical training :)

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Thank you all for advices!To many to answer,but very useful

So basiclly there is no magic cure :) Next day I usualy drink lot of tea,but it doeasnt help a lot.

I read some where that "propolis liquid" can help,but its already have some alcohol inside,if I am not wrong.

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