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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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.