When we are sick, our immune system becomes weaker than normal. In the case of influenza, when it occurs, we need to stay hydrated, which helps relieve sore throat and nasal congestion.
What alcoholic beverages do is just the opposite: dehydrate. So, especially in the early stages of the flu, doctors recommend avoiding alcohol, as it can cause dehydration and make the situation worse, increasing cough, sore throat and nasal congestion.
Drinking flu alcohol can make recovery difficult
Many people think that a sip of alcohol can lessen the feeling of discomfort. However, while alcohol may decrease sensitivity to cold and heat, it does not help control body temperature.
Who performs this function are antipyretics, such as acetaminophen, which prevents the rise in body temperature in case of fever. Although one or two glasses of wine or beer do not affect the effect of this medicine, too much alcohol may compromise its action.
And this mixture can, in the most severe cases, damage the liver, which is where the drug and alcohol are metabolized. Similarly, mixing with acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) may cause gastritis or, in more severe cases, stomach bleeding.
Can I just drink a cup or glass?
In the final phase of the flu, if you are feeling well, one or two glasses will not be harmful, but do not abuse. Wait for a full recovery before taking larger doses.