Enjoying an occasional drink is good once in a while. However, if you are under chronic alcohol drinking, it would be much difficult to recover from damage and injuries when hospitalized. Alcohol intake stresses the hormone system and changes how the immune systems work.

Long-term alcohol intake, according to a Salk Institute review of laboratory animals, can impair the body’s capacity to react to stressors such as disease or injury. According to experts, heavy drinking will make you ill by undermining your body’s immune system.

Alcohol drinking weakens the immune cells in the organs

The body mounts an autoimmune reaction in order to destroy and eliminate the foreign infectious agents when an individual is subjected to a severe virus.

Generally speaking, the stronger the immune system, the faster it can clear an infection and recover from a virus. Drinking alcohol abusively makes it more difficult for your immunity to protect and boost the immune system from dangerous viruses and bacteria.

Alcohol negatively destroys fine tissues and immune cells in the lungs, which play an important part in removing toxins from our airways.

If the lining of the cell in a person’s airway is weakened by alcohol, microbial contaminants such as coronavirus can enter more quickly, allowing immune cells that resist the virus to perform less effectively, increasing the potential risk of more serious infections.

In a similar manner, alcohol can cause an inflammatory response in the digestive tract, destroying the pathogens that exist there but still maintaining immune system function.

Alcohol consumption can deteriorate good bacteria, which assist in health promotion and infection prevention.

If the body is not able to rid itself of a microbe, the infection can escalate to more serious, life-threatening implications.

Alcohol use has been linked to more acute lung disorders such as influenza, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

Alcohol diverts the body’s attention away from other functions

Chronic alcohol consumption makes it more difficult for the body to fulfill its most vital tasks, such as combating illness.

After you drink alcohol, the body optimizes alcohol breakdown over several other functions of the body. Since the body does not have a mechanism of preserving alcohol, it must automatically give it to the liver to be synthesized.

Furthermore, alcohol is considered to affect sleep efficiency. The less sleep you get, the higher the chance you become more ill.

According to one analysis, those who slept for less than seven hours were almost thrice as likely to be vulnerable to catch a cold than someone who sleeps for eight hours and more.

Sleep deprivation will also influence how long it takes for a person to heal if they become ill.

The aftermath of alcohol abuse and alcoholism

Alcoholism and alcohol dependence may have a negative effect on all facets of your wellbeing. Long-term alcohol consumption will lead to severe health problems, affecting about every organ including the brain.

A drinking problem may also have a negative impact on your social health, financial resources, professional life, and ability to form and maintain healthy relationships. Alcoholism and alcohol dependence may have an effect on the families, colleagues, and employers.


Alcohol may have a variety of detrimental effects on the body, including lowering one’s immune system and increasing one’s susceptibility to viruses and ailments.

As a result, healthcare professionals prescribe drinking alcohol no more than a handful of days per week.

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Nicole T. Conquilla is a 21-year old registered Psychometrician in the Philippines. She is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Psychology who is a strong mental health advocate and encourages people to discuss, help, and support one another to cope and get through their mental health problems.

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