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I'm aware alcohol can be a sensitive subject, but I'm particulalry interested in those who still drink it, or who have stopped/reduced their intake and how just doing this has affected their health.
So... I've had CFS for 11 years now (I'm 29). I drank a normal amount of alcohol for my age in the years prior to getting CFS. I went to university when I was 19 and drank quite a bit more for my first year there. In my second year there at 20, I found that if I had 1 pint of cider, I'd get really ill for about a week. After this happened a few times, I just quit drinking completely for about 1 and half years. During the period of not drinking, it didn't affect my fatigue/tiredness in any way. The only benefit back then was not being bed ridden for a week from only drinking 1 pint.
At 22, I tried drinking a little bit to see if I could drink again and found that I could, but in small amounts. (Thankfully, since then and still currently, my body will tell me very quickly if I need to stop drinking before I get paralytic/sick, which is very useful). From 22 to now, I've slowly increased the amount I drink in one go from half a pint of cider to about 3 or 4 pints or the equivilent in spirits (not via shots). I don't drink every night, I'd say I drink this much about 2 times a week.
When I have a particularly bad week when I can barely function for work (like I did last week), it makes me wonder if I should reduce or try giving up alcohol again to see if it makes a difference, but I do love drinking alcohol sometimes, so I don't want to give it up completely if it does nothing to help with my CFS like it did nothing for it for 1 and a half years when I younger.
Does anyone have any positive or negative experiences or results from giving up alcohol or reducing ther intake?
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