Drinking Alcohol Weakens Your Immune System

Drinking too much alcohol not only increases your risk for liver damage, but also weakens your immune system, leaving your body ripe for infections.

This can increase the chances of long-term illness, according to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

"It is well documented that drinking more than three drinks in one day on most days of the week or drinking more than five drinks on any day is damaging to the immune system

Alcohol damages the ability of your immune system to fight viral infections.

Alcohol has been also linked to increased risk for complications from surgery, decreased ability to fight cancer, and prolonged recovery from injury.

“Alcohol also destroys the protective lining inside your respiratory tract that your immune system uses to prevent upper respiratory tract infections like the common cold.

Immune system recovery depends on how long you have been drinking, how much you drink and how much damage you have done to your liver

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