HOW ALCOHOL DIRECTLY IMPACTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
- December 10, 2018
Alcohol addiction is probably one of the scariest forms of addictions we can imagine, mostly because of the great physical toll this chemical takes on the body. However, while we are all aware of how this drug impacts skin, hair, eyes, hormones, and more, one area that does not always draw a lot of focus from rehab communities is the immune system. A whole slew of drugs impacts this critical aspect of the human body to a different degree (with marijuana being applauded as an immune booster), but alcohol is notorious for wreaking havoc on our natural artillery force. So how does a toxic substance like alcohol affect our filtration and defense network? Let’s take a closer look at the effects of alcoholic drinks on the immune system.
Function of the Immune System
Simply put, the immune system is our natural defense corps. Covering a wide range of organs, cells, and proteins, it exists for one, single purpose: to seek and destroy diseases, germs, and infections. If anything nasty enters our bodies, the immune system weeds it out like a pack of ravenous wolves (if it is functioning properly, that is). Here is how it works:
- Neutralization of foreign substances (germs, bacteria)
- Purging foreign substances from the body
- Identification and neutralization of potentially damaging substances
- Destruction of mutated cells and proteins in the body (cancer, for example)
How Does Alcohol Affect Immunity?
When the immune system is up to speed and functioning within full capacity, it can easily neutralize and destroy enemies like diseases or illnesses. Nevertheless, despite putting up a good fight, pathogens still slightly weaken the system after a rough battle. So, imagine how complicated the situation can become when alcohol comes into the picture.
According to research, alcohol and other drugs do not directly affect the immune system. However, the effects of these drugs can result in a weaker body, allowing more germs to enter more easily. After excessively consuming alcohol, people will often experience drastic changes in eating, sleeping, and thinking patterns. In this weakened state, these individuals are more susceptible to viruses and other illnesses.
So, what could possibly be worse? Additional research concludes that excessive alcohol consumption can actually lead to an immune deficiency.
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