Drinking With MS 101
In this video, NewLifeOutlook community member Sebastian shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of drinking alcohol when you have MS.
Watch the video above to hear Sebastian’s advice, or read the written summary below.
While there is no evidence of alcohol affecting the progression of MS per se, there are some things you may want to take into account.
Heightened Effects of Alcohol
If you have MS, when you drink alcohol you will likely get drunk faster than the average person — or at least appear drunk faster. There's a very simple reason for that: intoxication causes symptoms very similar to very common MS symptoms, like dizziness, slurred speech, balance problems and coordination problems.
When you have those symptoms to begin with, of course you will see them getting worse as you drink, making you seem drunk very quickly. For example, after consuming a couple of glasses of wine, I have problems articulating properly and will have balance problems.
There is another thing you need to remember as well. Everyone gets hangovers, but when you have MS and migraines or headaches, nausea and exhaustion is worse. It also takes longer for your body to recover.
Keep that in mind next time you want to ask for another glass. Weigh the pros and cons of this extra glass.
However, you must also remember the benefits that can come from moderate alcohol consumption, like the relaxing effects a glass of wine can have on the mind. An MS patient has enough to think about, worrying about things like physical symptoms and the future.
There are definitely some benefits to letting go for a little bit, having a drink or two and just relaxing and enjoying the moment.
Whatever you choose to do, remember to exercise moderation and to drink responsibly. And always consult a physician to make sure drinking won’t affect any medication you might be taking.