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Own Your Limits for Better Immunity

Sipping on a cocktail or two might offer short-lived comfort, but here’s the twist: too much alcohol can weaken your immune system. Read on to learn how drinking over your limit can increase your chance of getting sick and steps you can take to stay healthy!

How much is too much?

Excessive drinking (think: binge drinking and heavy drinking) is a sneaky troublemaker as it hinders your body’s defense shield and ability to protect against infections. The next time you’re drinking with your buddies, stay within your limits to keep your immune system strong.

Did you know that drinking 5-6 drinks in a single session can weaken the immune system for up to 24 hours?

How does alcohol affect the immune system?

It’s always important to own your limits and prioritize your health. Excessive drinking, including binge drinking, disrupts the production of cells that help your body fight off viruses and bacteria. This can make you more vulnerable to infections. Engaging in excessive drinking over time also affects your body’s ability to absorb important nutrients, which can further impact your immune system. You might even experience worse symptoms if you’re already sick or feel sick for longer.

How can I protect my body’s defense shield?

  • Practice responsible drinking. The best way to keep your body’s tdefense shield strong is by drinking responsibly on a night out. If it’s cold outside, swap out the alcohol blanket for a jacket or a warm, non-alcoholic drink.
  • Consider taking a pause. An alcohol break might be the way to go! Giving up alcohol for a short period of time can boost your immune system and energy levels. If you’re not sure about taking a break, try cutting back as a first step.
  • Maintain a balanced, healthy diet. Stay healthy by replacing your alcohol calories with more nutritious foods. A balanced diet not only helps your immune system but also makes up for the nutrients that alcohol takes away.
  • Drink plenty of water. Excessive drinking can lead to dehydration, which can put further stress on the body. Remember to stay hydrated so that your body can fight infections effectively.

The next time you’re out with your buddies, practice responsible drinking and remind yourself of the ways to say no to another drink. Remember, moderation is key for a strong and balanced immune system!

If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 988 and press 1, or Text 838255. You can also call 911.