I’ve seen the following scenario play out more than a few times:
Someone posts a picture of themselves enjoying drinks with friends, and inevitably someone else comments that it’s not okay for people with CF to drink alcohol. Let’s unpack that a little bit, shall we?
Sure, there are concerns about excessive alcohol consumption but that goes for anyone, not just those of us with CF! Alcohol can interact negatively with some medications and might make others less effective. Alcohol can affect sleep patterns, which can make for a poor night’s sleep. Also, since alcohol is a depressant, it can impair a person’s respiratory system. For some people with compromised liver function, alcohol consumption can be dangerous. (This is certainly not an extensive list of concerns, just the first ones that came to mind.)
But is alcohol a hard no simply because of CF? I don’t think so.
I believe it’s a good idea to talk to your care team about it, and you should definitely be of legal age, but I don’t think it’s a universal rule that people with CF cannot enjoy a drink every now and then.
What do you think? Do you choose to drink or do you refrain from alcohol consumption? What has your experience been?
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