Everyone enjoys a stiff drink every now and then. You tell yourself you’ve been good all week, so maybe, you deserve to let go a little, shed your inhibitions, and make the most of the night. Now, if you’re the occasional drinker, you’re probably not used to the steady buzz. What’s worse, you’re definitely not used to the way you look the morning after!
On the other hand, if you’re a chronic drinker, the sight of dull, dehydrated skin and sunken eyes feels all too familiar. Well, listen up, because according to a new study published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, there is an increased sensitivity to infection among chronic alcoholics, due to the defective defense responses in the host body. The researches were able to treat this with a molecule called Interleukin-17 (IL-17), albeit in mice models.
One of the researchers, Corey Parlet from the University of Iowa, said, “The ability to experimentally model skin immune deficiencies that occur in chronic alcoholics opens up new avenues to test immune-based therapies to better protect this population, and thereby limit the spread of infectious disease to the broader community as well.”
Well, we’ve always said that alcohol is a beauty buzzkill, but this puts things into a whole new perspective, doesn’t it? Next time you pour those drinks, consecutive days in a row, ask yourself if it’s worth the lesions and catching something infectious?
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