Research is still in its infancy, but the data as I see it shows that alcohol can affect our bodies’ ability to fight off infection in three ways. First, it weakens the immunity that we have already developed over time and slows down the body’s ability to recognize a threat and respond to an infection early on. Second, alcohol itself can cause inflammation by creating a “leaky gut situation” in our intestines that allows microscopic organisms to flow out of the intestinal barrier into the bloodstream. Finally, alcohol can weaken immune cells’ response time, allowing certain organisms to grow into a more potent immune threat.
Clearly, in the current environment, these negative effects should be avoided. But wait, there’s more. Studies have repeatedly shown that a person’s quality of sleep improves dramatically after they stop drinking. You may think that having a drink at night relaxes you while you sleep, but it actually shortens your REM cycle, making you feel lightheaded in the morning.
When you quit drinking, you also have a more positive outlook. Alcohol is a depressant, and studies have shown convincingly that long-term use can lead to depression and anxiety. Alcohol also contains “empty calories” because of the number of sugars needed to make a drink. So if you stop you can lose weight, feel less bloated, and look better.
If there was any benefit to drinking I would share my opinion with you and back you up with data. I would even drink myself.