Alcohol Consumption : How Badly Can It Affect ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers? Part 2
Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm
....and here's part 2 ...
Copyright, Claire Williams, 2003-2005. All Rights Reserved.
As discussed in part I of this article, many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers are likely to develop alcohol intolerance. Even the slightest amount of alcohol can make them feel very ill for a long time afterwards.
But alcohol consumption also affects the effects of antidepressants (often prescribed to ME/CFS /CFIDS sufferers to treat their fatigue and to help sufferers sleep)! So if you're taking antidepressants, it's definitely something to bear in mind.
Having ME/CFS /CFIDS can be a very lonely and devastating experience and depression can be a very real and serious symptom for some ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers. So the last thing you need is to take substances that make you feel worse.
And guess what?
Yep, you've guess it, alcohol is also a depressant. So it's not a great thing to drink if you're depressed!
And according to Dr Shepherd, many sufferers sadly do turn to alcohol...
But alcohol is no answer. Apart from probably making you feel depressed, you could also develop an alcohol dependency!
What's more, if you **are** alcohol intolerant, then it would make it much harder for you to recover from ME/CFS (pretty much impossible even), while you keep putting alcohol in your body.
And here's some more 'food for thought'...
When you think about how badly a ME/CFS sufferer can be affected by **one** alcoholic drink, then how badly could alcohol be affecting you if you're drinking more???
So there you go - a whole list of reasons why you might think twice about drinking anything remotely alcoholic while you have ME/CFS.
While you may no longer be alcohol intolerant once you have recovered from ME/CFS, it may well be a major culprit for preventing you from **recovering** from your ME/CFS while you still have it.
I didn't know about the possible effects of alcohol consumption when I first had Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) ...
... and I suffered the consequences. My illness got worse. A lot worse. And I was only having a couple of drinks now and again! So I hope this article arms you with enough info for you to make an educated decision about alcohol consumption either way. You never know - it may well make the difference.
To learn more about how you may be affected by depression as a ME/CFS sufferer visit: