How Does Alcohol Affect Your Immune System?

From day one, Ria Health has offered support for the Sinclair Method—a medication-based approach to moderate drinking or abstinence with a 78 percent success rate. Alcohol use can cause respiratory complications such as pneumonia, empyema, respiratory syncytial virus, tuberculosis, lung abscess, and adult respiratory distress syndrome . When ALD reaches its final stage, known as alcoholic liver cirrhosis,the damage is irreversibleand leads to complications. The damage is irreversible because scar tissues build up and replace the liver’s regenerative cells, preventing the organ from healing. Indeed, the immune system requires time to establish a response to a foreign invader.

So all of the people that are conversant with social media, they can find things really easily. And for those of us that aren’t so conversant, just to be able to go to your browser and type in what you’re looking for can bring up a lot of resources. And all of those sites have lots of printed resources and information as well. So during the past when you can’t meet physically finding ways to connect, I mean, one of the things with AA and AA or using your sponsors, so you know, calling your sponsors if you need help for people that really are struggling.

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Um, we try to educate with how much research has been conducted over the past 30 years, particularly in the risky drinking area. Um, it’s even sometimes the term sober curious has also been, um, reference point for a lot of youth today who were just curious about what is the lifestyle that might be less, um, involved in or around drinking. So you can, it’s easy to search those terms and find does alcohol weaken your immune system out more information. But in essence, um, from 2018, our national Institute on alcohol abuse and alcoholism research and data shows that about 70% of adult population were drinking at least something in the past year. Another 40% are drinking low risk levels below anything that would be considered a risky a definition. Alcohol doesn’t just affect the function of the digestive tract.

And I’ve, you said something about Alaska earlier and we worked in really remote areas, um, and did teleconferencing and telemedicine before it was popular. One of the things that we had in a very limited sort of way up there, but we would do, you know, at that point, we didn’t even have Skype up there, but we were doing phone. Conferencing calls for AA meetings for people out in the villages that you know, couldn’t get in because you could only fly in and out. Besides avoiding alcohol, there are other things you can do to boost immunity, such as taking supplements. Because vitamin C plays an important role in immunity, you may be able to prevent illness by taking an over-the-counter vitamin C supplement such as Emergen-C.

How Alcohol Affects Your Immune System

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