Coronavirus: can you drink alcohol after receiving the vaccine?
One of the most common questions surrounding the coronavirus vaccine is whether can you drink alcohol after receiving it. The doubt lies in whether, after inoculation, the consumption of alcoholic beverages can interfere with the body’s immune response.
Experts point out that you can drink alcohol, both before and after taking the Covid-19 vaccine, although it should always be in moderate amounts. According to sources from the Ministry of Health of the province of Buenos Aires consulted by THE NATION, you can drink alcohol before applying the vaccine and “it is only recommended 12 hours without drinking alcohol after they give it to you”.
The nurses in charge of administering the injection in vaccination clinics throughout the country tend to insist on this point. They even say that, as a precaution, you have to let a day go by and that, if alcohol is drunk after receiving the inoculum, this consumption should be moderate.
When they consulted the Nation’s Minister of Health on the subject, Carla Vizzotti, indicated that “the recommendation for all vaccines, not just the Covid one, is that when one consumes alcohol in excess and chronically loses the immune response in relation to generating antibodies.” And I add: “Moderate alcohol consumption having been vaccinated has no impact on vaccination.”
In an article published in The New York Times, health and science journalist Anahad O’Connor pointed out that “There is no evidence that having a drink or two can disable or decrease the effectiveness of current coronavirus vaccines.”
“Some studies even suggest that, in the long term, low or moderate alcohol consumption could benefit the immune system, by reducing inflammation,” added the American. Although he clarified that, according to the experts, “Heavy alcohol consumption, on the other hand, and especially if it is sustained over time, can depress the immune system and even potentially interfere with the response to the vaccine”.
In his article, O’Connor cites a research about the effects of alcohol on the body’s immune response that made Ilhem Messaoudi, the director of the Center for Virus Research at the University of California. “If you drink moderately, there is really no risk in having a drink around the time of your vaccination”, assured the specialist.
“You have to be very aware of what it means to drink moderately. It is dangerous to consume large amounts of alcohol due to the effects on all biological systems, including the immune system, which can be severe and occur rapidly after the moderation zone is exceeded.”, he indicated.
The director of the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology Gamaleya, Alexander Ginzburg, responsible for Sputnik V, argued for his part that a “reasonable limitation of consumption until the body has formed its immune response to coronavirus infection.
“It is important to understand that excessive alcohol consumption can significantly reduce immunity and therefore reduce the effectiveness of vaccination or make it meaningless,” he remarked.