Everyone knows that keeping the immune system strong during the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial. Now that the vaccine is being introduced slowly but surely, it should still be a priority, especially in the case of monitoring or even drinking too much, and possibly even reducing the number of people who drink.
Studies have shown that overeating (CDC defines women who drink more than 4 glasses at a time as women, and men who drink more than 5 times the last drink) can have a negative impact on your immune system.For example, the 2015 study published in the journal alcohol It was found that a binge eating can increase inflammation in just a few hours and inhibit the body̵
Perhaps this is why scientists all over the world have to be cautious about drinking alcohol before and after taking the COVID-19 vaccine-critical moments, when your body responds to doses and strengthens its defenses against the virus.
Last month, a Russian health official instructed citizens not to drink alcohol for two and six weeks before and after receiving the country’s Sputnik V vaccine. Reuters report. However, Dr. Alexander Gintersburg, the actual developer of the vaccine, later clarified on Twitter that he thought the recommendations were too strict and that recipients should not drink alcohol for three days before and three days after vaccination (regardless of the type of vaccine) . He also tweeted from the Sputnick V account on December 9th: “A glass of champagne will not harm anyone, not even your immune system.”
At the same time, in the UK, a health expert advised people to limit alcohol consumption the day before and the day after vaccination. Business insider report.
However, American experts are singing another song. William Moss, executive director of the International Vaccination Center at Johns Hopkins University, told reporters Business insider“There is no evidence that if you drink a glass of beer or a glass of wine a few days after vaccination, it will interfere with the immune response or protection after vaccination. When this is stated in an extreme way, I think This actually harms public health.”
In other words, as long as you drink moderately and consume less than what is considered severe or overeating, you don’t have to worry too much about the amount you take before and after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, if you have been drinking a lot (women drink more than one drink a day, men drink more than two drinks a day), you should consider reducing your alcohol consumption now, whether you are being vaccinated or not. When you regularly consider all these adverse effects of heavy drinking, you will understand why changing your behavior can improve your current and future health and well-being.
For more information, be sure to read what happens when you stop drinking.