As the coronavirus epidemic continues to impact daily life across the country, several states have seen an increase in alcohol sales. Although some experts have speculated that this may be due to people trying to stock up before stay at home orders are issued, it still seems that many manage social distancing with a soft drink. hand.
Of course, that begs the question, if everyone stays at home to stay healthy in the midst of a viral epidemic, does alcohol impede this effort?
Emergency room doctor and author of “Fragile” Dr. Shannon Sovndal spoke to Fox News and explained the effect of alcohol on the body.
“People drink because it softens them,” he said. “Well, alcohol has a similar effect on the immune system, making it sluggish and sluggish. He also explained how light consumption (one drink a day) is likely to have minimal effect, but excessive consumption can “dampen” all of your body’s systems, including the immune system.
Fox News previously reported a study detailing the immediate impact of drunkenness on the immune system. Based on the results, the immune system can see a brief boost about 20 minutes after the “peak of intoxication”.
However, about 2 to 5 hours after drinking, this boost fades and the immune system slows considerably. Researchers have noticed a reduction in white blood cells important for immunity, as well as an increase in proteins that reduce the efficiency of the immune system.
Results from the Mayo Clinic also indicate that drinking too much alcohol can have a negative impact on the body’s immune system, in particular, excessive consumption of alcohol makes the body’s resistance to disease more difficult.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describe several types of situations such as “binge drinking”. This may include “binge drinking,” which is defined as eight or more drinks per week for women, or 15 or more drinks per week for men. This can also include excessive alcohol consumption, which is defined as five or more drinks, consumed in a 2-3 hour period for men, or four drinks in the same period for women.
The Mayo Clinic also says that excessive alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing pneumonia, which is a common disease developed in people who suffer from severe COVID-19 symptoms and can make it difficult to heal.