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The Effect Of Alcohol On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The disorder known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition that renders individuals as so fatigued that even normal daily activities become an exhaustive process. While the origins of chronic fatigue syndrome are unknown, the symptoms seem to stress, illnesses with long-term effects, and poor dietary habits.

The effects of chronic fatigue syndrome vary in length, ranging from a month, to a few years, to even several years.

Causing Negative Effects for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

While chronic fatigue syndrome can be brought on by various changes, such as involuntary effects on the body, some of the causes for the condition can be brought on by other types of outside stimulation. Drinking alcohol during a bout of chronic fatigue syndrome can have seriously harmful effects on the body. It is commonly known that alcohol is a depressant, and long term drinking can cause medical issues. For chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers, this is even more so.

Alcohol Intolerance

Alcohol intolerance is a frequent side effect for people dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome. Due to the effects of the condition, even the slightest amount of alcohol can make an individual feel intensely sick for a period time after drinking. Long term patients have described the effects of drinking alcohol while affected by chronic fatigue syndrome similar to being poisoned. With the already difficult symptoms of this condition, taking additional steps to avoid additional physical discomfort is something that should be taken into consideration.

Other Side Effects

There are other factors to consider past the feelings of illness. While treating the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome, a doctor may prescribe their patients antidepressants to help treat fatigue and help in sleep. As alcohol is a depressant, it will counteract the needed relief from the medicine, increasing the chance for depression, and feeling worse in general. In a worst case scenario, patients may also begin to develop an alcohol dependency.

The consumption of alcohol, even if the condition goes into remission, may flare up repeatedly, go into a full relapse, or even prevent a person from recovering from the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Treat Yourself Accordingly

With the changes in a person's body due to the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, it is important to remember that certain changes need to be made in lifestyle habits in order to accommodate. Natural treatments are a great way to help with chronic fatigue syndrome. The most certain way to avoid any alcohol related issue during chronic fatigue syndrome is to simply abstain from drinking.

Each Case is Different

The symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome affect each person differently. While it is still uncertain as to what causes the condition, the chances of extended remission will increase by avoiding known issues that aggravate the symptoms of the condition. As with any health issue, it is important to recognize an individual's limits, and know when to avoid potential agitators. Any further concerns should be discusses with a doctor to see which recovery techniques will prove to be the most effective.




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  • Joseph Joseph

    What if a person tends to drink to excess sometimes to help them deal with overwhelmingly social anxiety that often accompanies their chronic depression? Commented on HelloLife · May 3, 2012 at 12:38 AM

  • Erin Erin

    Joesph, I totally understand where you're coming from, but think - if you're worried about other people judging you, who gets judged more than the falling over drunk guy or girl? :/

    If you like to drink in social situations, there's nothing wrong with that - just keep it under control. Maybe mix weaker drinks if a part of the drinking excess problem is just wanting to have something to do or have something in your hand when you're talking to people. Commented on HelloLife · May 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

  • Kevin Kevin

    I know there is some mention of depression, but lets not confuse it with CFS/ME. Even trying to keep alcohol under control does not remove its negative effects on M.E. :-( Commented on HelloLife · December 3, 2012 at 6:49 AM

  • vicky vicky

    Hi I have M.E/CFS and used to love having a drink quite often. I noticed when I started having symptoms I couldnt drink wine anymore and it brought me out in red rash and lumps like hives, so now I drink weak lager if I want to drink at all and the symptoms are much less, although with m.e. the next day you feel like youve drank 10 litres of vodka not 3 bottles of lager, it brings on the stingy achy pain all over (only way I can describe it) Best to avoid alcohol all together if you have this condition. Commented on HelloLife · August 29, 2013 at 2:13 PM

  • John John

    I am 63 years old and have been drinking since a very young age. I graduated from social drinking (beginning at 15 years of age) to heavy drinking for most of my life. I never suffered any of the normal issues that come with alcoholism , not that I recognise anyhow.rnI am at the point where I would drink a 26 ounce of Scotch daily and still function at work. I finally began to see what my habit was doing to my wife so I Quit drinking completely 16 days ago with no noticeable withdrawal effects. What can expect to happen to my body? Should I be bracing for Some sort of AWS, for example alcohol cravings, the shakes or fatigue or anything out of step. Commented on HelloLife · December 8, 2014 at 5:10 AM

  • emma emma

    I am drinking due to the extreme low mood accompanying my physical symptoms. Its the only time i feel fun at the minute, otherwise i dont want to talk, be awake, leave the house! I'm not anxious just very depressed. I dont drink excessively, maybe 4 bottles of beer, but most nights. i need to know if it is preventing my recovery because if so i will have to try to manage my mood whilst i improve. Love and light xx Commented on HelloLife · May 15, 2015 at 5:23 PM

  • emma emma

    i dont suffer from physical symptoms the next day but im wondering is it hindering any improvement? Help? xx Commented on HelloLife · May 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

  • emma emma

    to be clear i am talking as an ME/CFS sufferer xrnx Commented on HelloLife · May 15, 2015 at 5:25 PM

  • Dylan Dylan

    People commenting here, and reading, please read this comment. The above article is complete bullshit. The sources given at the end have no relevance. Click the links. There's nothing there that is reputable, scientific, or even related. One of the links does not even contain the word "alcohol." rnrnThere are scientific studies showing that reducing alcohol intake is common with CFS sufferers (that is, many of us believe that alcohol might be bad for us, and we stop drinking) and the authors suggest that this may impair social functioning and the ability to have fun.rnrnThree small-scale studies -- I don't have them at hand right now-- have shown results that people with CFS who drink alcohol are MORE likely to recover. rnrnNone of this proves anything, but it certainly does NOT Indicate that you should STOP drinking alcohol if it does not seem to harm you. I have CFS and I drink whenever I want to. I find that it often results in a small decrease in symptoms, it helps me have fun, and it's part of most people's normal social lives. So be normal, unless you have a real reason not to (such as pain from drinking, or dramatically increased fatigue.) Don't listen to this irresponsible article. This is shameful and wrong to post as if it is scientific fact.rnrn Commented on HelloLife · December 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM

  • Lexi Lexi

    I was diagnosed with CFS about nine years ago, and while I am definitely a lightweight, I find that having a bit of alcohol (and I mean one drink or less) seems to benefit me. I usually have more energy, less brain fog, and way more color in my skin the next day. So everyone's different! Commented on HelloLife · February 22, 2016 at 9:38 PM

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