Sun. Apr 21st, 2024

New insights from a peer-reviewed article by Stanford University researchers indicate a potential connection between Covid-19 and heightened alcohol sensitivity, as revealed in a study conducted at Stanford’s Post-Acute Covid-19 Syndrome Clinic. The report delves into the phenomenon of “long Covid,” referring to persistent symptoms experienced by some Covid-19 survivors after the initial infection.

The clinic’s patients, dealing with lingering fatigue, headaches, and other symptoms, reported an unexpected finding: heightened sensitivity to alcohol. This contrasts with the usual expectation that alcohol consumption would not pose a problem after recovering from a virus. Four patients, with diverse backgrounds and health histories, consistently displayed alcohol sensitivity, experiencing headaches, fatigue, and cognitive issues even after clearing their Covid-19 infections.

While changes in alcohol tolerance after viral illnesses are not unprecedented, the consistent and post-Covid nature of these reactions raises eyebrows. The patients described in the report encountered adverse alcohol reactions consistently after recovering from Covid-19. Symptoms ranged from headaches after minimal alcohol consumption to a sense of alcohol poisoning after just one beer, exacerbating their existing Covid-related symptoms.

The study sheds light on additional symptoms of long Covid, which include brain fog, loss of concentration, memory issues, headaches, dizziness, interrupted sleep patterns, pins and needles, numbness, sudden confusion (delirium), and difficulties moving around.

Similar alcohol sensitivity has been observed in other viral illnesses such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Epstein-Barr infection, and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Experts posit that the heightened sensitivity could be linked to changes in the body’s response to the virus, alterations in blood flow or inflammation, or disruptions in the gut microbiome triggered by the virus.

The study leaves questions unanswered about the persistence of these sensitivities and their long-term impact. For individuals dealing with long Covid, especially if alcohol exacerbates symptoms, the study suggests considering reducing or abstaining from alcohol consumption. Concerned individuals are advised to consult their healthcare providers for guidance.

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