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How does alcohol affect my immune system?
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Many ways
Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.
) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs.

In brief: Many ways
Alcohol slows down the white blood cells that fight infection, catch and actually eat and kill various germs, and also decreases the production of antibodies and other important humors (cytokines etc.
) produced by other kinds of white cells. They make individuals more prone to various infections, especially respiratory, because of smoking and sedating people so they aspirate, and w. Unusual germs.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: Big time
Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body's immune system in two ways.
First, it causes nutritional deficiency, decreasing intake of immune- boosting nutrients. Also, alcohol, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs. High doses of alcohol suppress the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, and decreases the function of killer type white blood cells.

In brief: Big time
Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body's immune system in two ways.
First, it causes nutritional deficiency, decreasing intake of immune- boosting nutrients. Also, alcohol, consumed in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs. High doses of alcohol suppress the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, and decreases the function of killer type white blood cells.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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