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Moderate alcohol consumption and the immune system: a review.
Br J Nutr. 2007 Oct; 98 Suppl 1:S111-5.BJ

Abstract

Increasing evidence suggests that light to moderate amounts of polyphenol-rich alcoholic beverages like wine or beer could have health benefits. Scientists have long debated the effects of alcohol on immune function, showing on the one hand, that high doses of alcohol consumption can directly suppress a wide range of immune responses, and that alcohol abuse is associated with an increased incidence of a number of infectious diseases. On the other hand, moderate alcohol consumption seems to have a beneficial impact on the immune system compared to alcohol abuse or abstinence. Therefore, the link between alcohol consumption, immune response, as well as infectious and inflammatory processes remains not completely understood. With this in mind, it is important to realise that other factors, unrelated or indirectly related to immune function, like drinking patterns, beverage type, amount of alcohol, or gender differences, will affect the influence that alcohol consumption may have on the immune system. This review summarises published data describing the effects that light to moderate amounts of polyphenol-rich beverages like wine or beer seem to have on immunity in healthy adults.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Immunonutrition Research Group, Department of Metabolism and Nutrition, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain. jromeo@if.csic.esNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17922947

Citation

Romeo, Javier, et al. "Moderate Alcohol Consumption and the Immune System: a Review." The British Journal of Nutrition, vol. 98 Suppl 1, 2007, pp. S111-5.
Romeo J, Wärnberg J, Nova E, et al. Moderate alcohol consumption and the immune system: a review. Br J Nutr. 2007;98 Suppl 1:S111-5.
Romeo, J., Wärnberg, J., Nova, E., Díaz, L. E., Gómez-Martinez, S., & Marcos, A. (2007). Moderate alcohol consumption and the immune system: a review. The British Journal of Nutrition, 98 Suppl 1, S111-5.
Romeo J, et al. Moderate Alcohol Consumption and the Immune System: a Review. Br J Nutr. 2007;98 Suppl 1:S111-5. PubMed PMID: 17922947.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Moderate alcohol consumption and the immune system: a review. AU - Romeo,Javier, AU - Wärnberg,Julia, AU - Nova,Esther, AU - Díaz,Ligia E, AU - Gómez-Martinez,Sonia, AU - Marcos,Ascensión, PY - 2007/11/21/pubmed PY - 2008/2/23/medline PY - 2007/11/21/entrez SP - S111 EP - 5 JF - The British journal of nutrition JO - Br J Nutr VL - 98 Suppl 1 N2 - Increasing evidence suggests that light to moderate amounts of polyphenol-rich alcoholic beverages like wine or beer could have health benefits. Scientists have long debated the effects of alcohol on immune function, showing on the one hand, that high doses of alcohol consumption can directly suppress a wide range of immune responses, and that alcohol abuse is associated with an increased incidence of a number of infectious diseases. On the other hand, moderate alcohol consumption seems to have a beneficial impact on the immune system compared to alcohol abuse or abstinence. Therefore, the link between alcohol consumption, immune response, as well as infectious and inflammatory processes remains not completely understood. With this in mind, it is important to realise that other factors, unrelated or indirectly related to immune function, like drinking patterns, beverage type, amount of alcohol, or gender differences, will affect the influence that alcohol consumption may have on the immune system. This review summarises published data describing the effects that light to moderate amounts of polyphenol-rich beverages like wine or beer seem to have on immunity in healthy adults. SN - 0007-1145 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17922947/Moderate_alcohol_consumption_and_the_immune_system:_a_review_ L2 - https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0007114507838049/type/journal_article DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -