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Experts Warn Against Alcohol Usage After Covid-19 Vaccination

Published On Jan 04, 2021 12:00 AM By Yamini Sharma

According to experts, people who have received a Covid-19 vaccine should avoid consuming alcohol. Drinking alcohol after being vaccinated can lower the body’s immune response to the vaccine.

It is to be noted that a countless number of microorganisms, important for preventing bacteria and virus invasion, reside in the gut. Consuming alcohol after novel coronavirus vaccination changes the make-up of these microorganisms, which in turn, causes massive damage of lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells responsible for sending out antibodies to attack viruses. 

BBC documentary, The Truth About Boosting Your Immune System, Presenter Dr. Ronx Ikharia performed an experiment in which blood samples before and after drinking three glasses of Prosecco, an Italian wine were taken. The results found that three glasses were more than enough to reduce the levels of white blood cells by as much as 50%.

Immunologist Professor Sheena Cruickshank, University of Manchester, stated that lowering down of lymphocytes or white blood cells could reduce the effectiveness of the immune response of the body. Urging people to avoid alcohol around coronavirus vaccination time, she said, “It is important for your immune system to work perfectly so as to have a good response to the vaccine. If anyone is drinking the night before, or shortly afterwards, it is definitely not going to be helpful.”

As per a team of scientists in China, Lymphocytes are extremely significant for the immune system. The former play a vital role in determining  immune response to infectious microorganisms in addition to other foreign substances, such as the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

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Disclaimer: This article is issued in the general public interest and meant for general information purposes only. Readers are advised not to rely on the contents of the article as conclusive in nature and should research further or consult an expert in this regard.

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