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Well This Sucks, But I have to Disagree

October 3rd, 2011 9:45am Leave a comment

Gizmodo– New research reveals that alcohol impairs your body’s ability to fight off viral infections. Isn’t it enough that it already impairs your ability to drive, talk clearly, and not over-tip strippers? Damn it, alcohol, what more do you want?

Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School found that monocytes (a type of white blood cell that has heroic anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties) were weakened by alcohol consumption, and that prolonged alcohol consumption had a double-negative effect.

I’d like to disagree with this because I’m possibly a raging alcoholic* but I’m generally pretty healthy.

It doesn’t really take a scientific study to see that this is possible. I mean, alcohol messes with your cells right? Pretty much blasts your liver apart. So if it’s destructive there, obviously it can weaken your immune system. Combine that with going to filthy bars that wash glasses by dipping them in soapy water which probably isn’t changed for weeks and staying up all hours of the night drinking and neglecting sleep – BAM recipie for disaster.

Now who wants to go see the movie Contagion with me?

*OK – lies, I got a lot better. I’m actually a bit of a Nancy since I left school. My liver rejoices.

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