Monday, August 23, 2010

Whiskey Throat

"After a long night with Jack, many people complain about whiskey throat, a sore throat caused by drinking too much whiskey.  Smooth taste in the evening; sore throat in the morning - it’s all part of the Jack Daniels experience", according to one source.  Of course "Whiskey Throat" also pertains to how your voice sounds the morning after the night before, not only how your throat feels.  (It's that raspy, gravelly voice like that of Janis Joplin.  In fact, the "whiskey throat" voice - also known as PGV or Party Girl Voice - is much sought after in many musical circles, especially the Blues.  John Lee Hooker would be another prime example of the voice so desired.)  I've experienced it in the past, although I think tequila was the likely culprit (can't actually remember).  But what I want to know is what causes it physiologically.  I suspect that alcohol destroys some of the protective fluids produced by the body to keep our vocal chords, etc. well-lubed but I need some help here folks.  And while you're at it, am I correct that age might play a part in the likelihood of a whiskey throat in the morning?  And when someone has a permanent whiskey throat, is it because of booze, age or both (or either for that matter)?  Is the onset of a permanent whiskey throat slow or overnight?  Hmmm...