Depends On How Much You Drink

The short answer is that it depends on how much you drink. There is no evidence that having a drink or two can render any of the current COVID-19 vaccines less effective. Some studies have even found that over the longer term, small or moderate amounts of alcohol might actually benefit the immune system by reducing inflammation.

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Can You Have Alcohol After the COVID-19 Vaccine?

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Our Immune System Hates Heavy Drinking

Heavy alcohol consumption can suppress the immune system and potentially interfere with your vaccine response, experts say. Since it can take weeks after a COVID-19 shot for the body to generate protective levels of antibodies against the novel coronavirus, anything that interferes with the immune response would be cause for concern.

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Moderate Vs Heavy Drinking

Moderate drinking is generally defined as no more than two drinks a day for men and a maximum of one drink a day for women, whereas heavy drinking is defined as four or more drinks on any day for men and three or more drinks for women.

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The Sweet Spot?

Keep in mind that one “standard” drink is considered five ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits, or 12 ounces of beer. Stick to these limits.

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