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Should You Drink Alcohol When You Have a Cold?

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Should you drink alcohol if you’re sick?

Catching a cold can make you feel pretty lousy. The coughing, sneezing, congestion, and other symptoms associated with being sick can make even the simplest of tasks feel exhausting. Making sure to get enough rest, remembering to drink enough water, and taking it easy for a bit are all things that can help you feel better. One thing that may not? Alcohol.

“You should not drink alcohol when you have a cold,” says Dr. Robert Segal, MD (Dr. Robert Segel’s credentials are on pg 1 of Source PDF - his quotes are not pulled from this document), Co-Founder of LabFinder. “Your immune system is already weakened when you are sick. Adding alcohol to that equation can only prolong the process of getting better.”

Alcohol can also cause dehydration. According to Dr. Segal, we risk becoming increasingly dehydrated when we consume alcohol, and “being dehydrated can make congestion worse.”

One of the most important things to keep in mind if you do decide to drink while you have a cold is the interaction alcohol may have with any cold medications you may be taking. “You have to be careful if you are taking medications,” says Dr. Segal. “Alcohol can interact with some over-the-counter and prescription medications. When these medications are combined with alcohol, it can be extra dangerous.”

So the next time you find yourself down and out from the common cold or flu, pop a Theraflu PowerPod into your home brewing machine (it’s ready for use with most single-serve machines). You’ll be doing something good for your body by sipping on a warm and soothing cup of Theraflu to help your toughest cold and flu symptoms.