Can drinking cause tinnitus? I have very mild tinnitus. I can only notice the ringing when I'm in a room that's dead quiet, and I'd like to keep it that way. Listening to music loudly, especially with long exposure will cause one's ears to ring loudly afterwards. Concerts, band rehersals etc are great at doing this when no hearing protection is worn. Listening to music loudly or using firearms without ear protection will also cause this, as will any exposure to loud noise for a period of time. From what I've read, this temporary loud ringing is a sign of permanent damage, and will contribute to tinnitus. Here's where I'm going with this: Lately I've noticed this type of post-loud-noise ringing when I've been drinking. It's not as loud as the ringing after playing at or attending a show, but it's definitely noticible, and I assume that this also means that permanent damage is being done. Does anyone else notice this? Have there been any studies linking alcohol consumption with tinnitus?