3 Side Effects of Drinking Alcohol After Getting Your COVID-19 Vaccine
Getting a vaccine against a relentless virus that has traumatized people for more than a year now is a natural cause for a celebration. Is it worth drinking too, though? Experts warn that drinking alcohol after your vaccine shot might not be a good idea, even though they found no proof that it can reverse the effects of the vaccine.
Instead, these three side effects can occur, which you would rather avoid. You can certainly celebrate another way.
Alcohol can Aggravate All The Possible COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects
After getting vaccinated, a person can normally suffer from some instant side effects, such as getting a fever, a headache, and feeling extremely fatigued. These are common, and one should expect as much when getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Drinking alcohol can aggravate all of these if one is not careful, as those who have gotten vaccinated found out.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, some of those who have already gotten their first or second dosages of the COVID vaccine experienced worse symptoms because they drank. It is also more prevalent after the second dose.
Some people never experienced any of the symptoms mentioned, so they are truly the lucky ones. But it is impossible to know unless you get vaccinated. A hangover on top of all the nausea that the COVID vaccine can bring about must be a pass.
"If you're having side effects that are making you feel ill, and you mix that with a hangover, it's not going to be fun, and that's the main thing to consider." Usama Bilal, the assistant professor in the Urban Health Collaborative and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University, explained.
Alcohol Can be Dehydrating and Cause You to Feel Run Down After Vaccination
Getting vaccinated can make some feel tired after. It can be physically draining for some, and even emotionally depleting for others (maybe because it's been a year of fighting this fear of getting infected?). Exhaustion can be set off by staying hydrated, and alcohol does the exact opposite.
Dehydration can make anyone feel worse. If you are tired and thirsty, you end up feeling as if the world is on your shoulders. That's a proven fact.
Hangover Can Prevent You From Monitoring COVID Vaccine Side Effects
The third issue with alcohol-induced hangover is that not only does it make you feel groggy and even in pain, getting a hangover after your vaccination can make it hard to monitor true side effects of the vaccine.
It's well and good if the side effects you experience because of the vaccine are the usual, non-harmful ones. But what if the vaccine truly did not agree with your body and you are too drunk to know?
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine does not mean you can no longer drink. Alcohol beverages cannot undo the power of the vaccine. But you should certainly drink a few days after your second dose instead.