A pile of empty beer cans and bottles

A pile of empty beer cans and bottles

Excessive Drinking Compromises Immune Systems

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Alcohol sales have been spiking nationwide during the coronavirus pandemic but officials advise moderation during this period of lockdown.

“During this time of coronavirus, be careful of excessive drinking because it can compromise a person’s immune system,” Pat Gagliardi, chariman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission said in a news release. “Moderation is important. Don’t underestimate how much you have actually been drinking.”

U.S. alcohol sales surged 55 percent in the week ending in March 21st, compared to the same week last year, per the Nielsen Market Research Firm. Sales of spirits were up 75 percent and beer and wine sales are also up double digits. But the following week, after Americans stocked up, sales shrank the week ending March 28th.

Regardless, the recommendation is to set limits on how much you’re drinking and not to relax your limits during the pandemic. Women 65 and younger are encouraged to stick with one drink or less per day, men 65 and younger to two drinks or less per day.

Heavy drinking can lead to chronic diseases, like problems with your liver, throat, larynx and esophagus. Other issues include high blood pressure, psychological problems and pancreatitis.

A standard “drink” is considered 12 oz. of beer (with 5% ABV), 5 oz. of wine (with 12% ABV) or 1.5 oz. of liquor (with 40% ABV).

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