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I'm getting over the flu. What would be the consequences of drinking alcohol?

Answer by:
Rod Moser, PA, PhD

Primary Care, WebMD Medical Expert
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There would not likely be any consequences to alcohol consumption in moderation after having influenza. Many people who diagnose themselves with flu did not actually have influenza, but another flu-like viral infection. Influenza causes generalized body aches, malaise, fever, and respiratory symptoms (coughing, congestion, sore throat). People who have gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) did not have the "flu" but most likely a viral gastroenteritis, often erroneously called the "stomach flu". This has no relationship to true influenza. If you did, indeed, have gastrointestinal symptoms recently, I would recommend that your alcohol consumption be very light, or none at all until you are completely well.

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