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Alcohol and the Immune System

Alcohol and the Immune System

Volume 37, Number 2, 2015

Alcohol can either activate or suppress the immune system depending on, for example, how much is consumed and how concentrated it is in the various tissues and organs. That dual action predisposes heavy drinkers both to increased infection and to chronic inflammation. This issue of Alcohol Research: Current Reviews details how alcohol affects the immune system and how researchers are harnessing this knowledge to help prevent and treat alcohol-related harm.

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