Alcohol & MS Risk

Recent research has found an inverse association between alcohol consumption and multiple sclerosis risk. In this particular study, heavier drinkers were less likely to have MS than nondrinkers.
The research, conducted at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and published in the journal JAMA Neurology, looked at existing data from two population studies in Sweden. Other research into the relationship between alcohol intake and the risk of developing MS have yielded inconsistent results, leaving physicians without grounds to advise for or against drinking in terms of its impact on MS risk.
The new findings don’t really change that. The problem with studies that draw on existing data to detect a link between a lifestyle factor and disease risk is that they only establish an association, not a cause-and-effect relationship.
So the medical community has to be very careful about how to present such findings, and we bloggers/reporters have to be careful, too, so as not to put more stock in the new information than we should. Plus, even if turns out to be true that alcohol consumption does lower MS risk, that doesn’t mean people should start drinking, or drinking more than they already do, as a means of warding off MS.
As I have written before, I enjoy drinking wine, but not for medicinal purposes. I sure never considered that drinking might lower my risk of MS. In any case, it didn’t work out that way for me!
How about you? Are you curious about whether your alcohol consumption has any effect on your MS?
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Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is

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  • Bill Stein   Jan 23, 2014 11:45 AM
    Yeah, wish it worked that way for me too.
  • devin garlit   Jan 23, 2014 11:47 AM
    Very curious. For a very long time and very consistently, the day after some light to moderate drinking, I feel much better. Less pain and numbess and much more movability.
  • michelle   Jan 23, 2014 11:48 AM
    What if you already have MS? I got diagnosed young and I obviously drink here and there. I'm 25 now. I heard alcohol is really bad for people with MS though?
  • Adrian Horne   Jan 23, 2014 11:49 AM
    I'm absolutely amazed at this, once more I opened the post expecting there was yet ANOTHER thing that made it my fault, what a shock to find I had done one thing in my life that could have been GOOD for me !!
  • jude   Jan 23, 2014 11:52 AM
    hi i dont know if this is just me or others have found this to but if i have a drink i find it makes my ms worse i do miss my odd glass of wine but dont want to go through the after effects just wondered if it is just me ?
  • Janet   Jan 23, 2014 11:54 AM
    This might be right. I am not a drinker. Every now and then I will have a drink, but not often. I take lots of meds for my MS and the alcohol doesn't mix with my meds. People with MS who take meds should be very careful if they are drinking!
  • James   Jan 23, 2014 11:55 AM
    I haven't drank alcohol in 20 years until recently and all I know having a little alcohol helps so much with my hand tremors and clumsiness associated with my MS
  • James   Jan 23, 2014 11:55 AM
    I haven't drank alcohol in 20 years until recently and all I know having a little alcohol helps so much with my hand tremors and clumsiness associated with my MS
  • James   Jan 23, 2014 11:55 AM
    I haven't drank alcohol in 20 years until recently and all I know having a little alcohol helps so much with my hand tremors and clumsiness associated with my MS
  • James   Jan 23, 2014 11:55 AM
    I haven't drank alcohol in 20 years until recently and all I know having a little alcohol helps so much with my hand tremors and clumsiness associated with my MS
  • Torry   Jan 23, 2014 11:56 AM
    I am not a drinker and I have MS. BUT what I was curious about and was hoping this article would of answered. What about drinking after you have MS? Will it make my symptoms worse? Or will it cause a relapse? I would love to go have a few drinks with friends but am scared to :( Any advice?
  • Michelle   Jan 23, 2014 11:57 AM
    I find this research info to be very bogus, when I turned 21 I drank not heavy but I drank. if I drink now with all of the drugs that I am on the next morning I am sicker than a dog, I was dx'd in November 2011. MS Sucks but this study is an assumption. as all research studies are.
  • Heather   Jan 23, 2014 12:00 PM
    I usually do not blog, but I know for me that drinking made my MS worse. 2006 I was dx with RR MS and by 2010 I was sitting in the rooms of alcoholic anonymous. From 2006 to 2010 I had about 10 flare ups over the course of the years. From 2010 to present I have had only 2 flare ups. So with that I think alcohol made my MS worse, that is just from my experience
  • Stephanie   Jan 23, 2014 12:01 PM
    I was DX in 2010. I was an Alcohol drinker Before then and still am. I feel like My Symtoms go Away when I am having a Drink. I Think it kind of helps me to Forget that I'm Sick. I know Everyone's Symtoms with MS are Different. I don't feel that it will harm you in anyway as Long as your not Over Doing it. I'm Glad this issue finally came up. I ask every time I get my Meds if it will Affect them in any way but they can't Answer that Question.
  • Stephanie   Jan 23, 2014 12:01 PM
    I was DX in 2010. I was an Alcohol drinker Before then and still am. I feel like My Symtoms go Away when I am having a Drink. I Think it kind of helps me to Forget that I'm Sick. I know Everyone's Symtoms with MS are Different. I don't feel that it will harm you in anyway as Long as your not Over Doing it. I'm Glad this issue finally came up. I ask every time I get my Meds if it will Affect them in any way but they can't Answer that Question.
  • Lil   Jan 23, 2014 12:02 PM
    I was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago--am now in my late 60s. I do enjoy white wine and usually have a glass or two each evening. Doesn't seem to affect me in a negative way at all, no sleep issues, no physical MRI brain images have shown no new lesions or changes. My neurologist told me to continue to enjoy my coffee in the morning and wine at night!
  • Theresa   Jan 23, 2014 12:02 PM
    I have had MS since 1994 and drink beer and it has not affected me one way or another. I am considering along with my doctor of taking Aubagio and have seen nothing on the effects of this drug with alcohol. Have yet to discuss this with doctor as we are still in the early stages of consideration. Have just taken the complete blood panel. I also have breast cancer and take medication as well with beer having no ill effects.
  • loree   Jan 23, 2014 12:03 PM
    I would guess it has more to do with the fact that people with MS avoid things that make them feel badly.
  • Claire   Jan 23, 2014 12:03 PM
    I have always joked that I walk a bit better when tipsy. However, I really don't go out of my way to become tipsy, being very careful to have at most 3 beers or a mixed drink and a beer (usually only 2). Both my neuro and oncologist seem okay with that.
  • Maria   Jan 23, 2014 12:04 PM
    I never drank alcohol before I was diagnosed! I have an occasional drink, but it doesn't really affect me... my legs are always like jelly with and with out alcohol!!
  • Sam   Jan 23, 2014 12:05 PM
    I drank heavily for years pre dx. Selfmedicating I think. Now all it does is make me sick with the m eds. However, a friend still drinks
  • Kristin   Jan 23, 2014 12:05 PM
    I was diagnosed with MS in 2/2009. I find that when drinking more than two glasses of wine or a few beers, my memory becomes extremely muddled. I don't think I'm drunk after that amount, yet my memory of certain things seems to be black. Anyone else have this problem?
  • Sam   Jan 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    a lot instead of meds. I think ms affects everyone differently.
  • Maria   Jan 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    I am not taking any treatment.... felt worse when I was - too many side effects (Never drank with meds)
  • Jennifer Williams   Jan 23, 2014 12:07 PM
    I choose not to drink alcohol because I seem clumsier and more uncoordinated than I already am! Drinking makes it worse. I drink only in moderation because I do enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine from time to time!
  • Shaphen   Jan 23, 2014 12:10 PM
    I was diagnosed with MS in 2005 at the age of 15. Growing up iwhenmy 20's I have consume alcohol numerous times, and haven't relapse since I was 21. I actually feel better when I drink.
  • dana   Jan 23, 2014 12:10 PM
    Wish I had drank alot more....
  • Hussein   Jan 23, 2014 12:11 PM
  • Deb   Jan 23, 2014 12:11 PM
    I enjoy the very occasional glass of wine but when it has been more than one, and friends complain of suffering after a few glasses, I can honestly say I've never had a hangover or felt any the worse the following day. I often joke hangovers? I have a lesion for that! Seriously though I find a glass of wine helps with my pain-mainly from spasticity. Since I've been on more medications though I'm leery of having more than one glass. Interesting to think had I been more of a drinker it may have reduced my risk of developing ms. A misspent youth?!
  • Shaphen   Jan 23, 2014 12:12 PM
    Also, Im not on any types of meds.
  • Jessica   Jan 23, 2014 12:17 PM
    I do not seem to have a problem with having just a few drinks, but I have found out the hard way that when I experience hangovers, they are much worse after being diagnosed with MS. I am extremely tired and the worse symptom is vertigo - I start to feel dizzy, room spinning, off balance, and some other symptoms of vertigo. After having 2 awful hangovers since being diagnosed this past year, I consume much less alchohol so I do not feel that way or get to the point of being hungover because they are not worth it! I cannot see how some drinking would be beneficial as alcohol throws the body off equilibrium so I could see how alcohol may negativity affect the body rather than positively.
  • Jeff   Jan 23, 2014 12:27 PM
    I applaud studies like these. Being far from a teetotaler, and having argued long and hard with my neurologist, I still take a drink or two almost every day. Being well into the SP phase, having finally been diagnosed thirty-something years ago, I find that a few drinks greatly reduces the neuropathic pain, improves my disposition, and generally makes me feel better. (Wasn't alcohol the cowboy's cure all for all their ills, snakebite and such?)

    Alcohol certainly doesn't improve my balance issues, and I've done more than one face plant I can attribute to imbibing to liberally, but now in a wheel chair I don't fall quite as much. (There are advantages to everything.)

    Whether alcohol in any way prevents MS I tend to think that it begins long before diagnosis, before any symptoms appear. I still have the opinion that it begins very early in life, long before any of us even consider our first drink. So unless we encourage child alcoholism then the limits of this study, as noted by the authors, need to be considered.

    But, I do find if I limit myself to no more than two or so drinks I do quite well. Now if I can only maintain that recommendation! ;-)
  • Jackie   Jan 23, 2014 12:31 PM
    Being an alcoholic for well over 30yrs did not stop me from being dx with MS in Jan 2012...DEBUNKED!
  • Amy   Jan 23, 2014 12:32 PM
    I was diagnosed in 2006. The symptoms I experience with MS seem to get less noticeable when I drink a few beers. When not drinking I tend to stagger when I walk but after a few beers I do not stagger.
  • Kellie   Jan 23, 2014 12:36 PM
    I consume alcohol all the time at parties or if I go out to dinner and I still have MS now for 10 years. I don't think I would change my consumption.
  • Al   Jan 23, 2014 12:41 PM
    I've found alcohol makes my restless legs really bad the following day as I over indulge over Xmas so I'm on the wagon now even though I only had one drink a day over the festive period so I'm gutted I cant have any now
  • bobby   Jan 23, 2014 12:42 PM
    I quit heavily drinking beer (don't drink liquor) and smoking pot in 08, was Dx'ed in 10 with M.S. I was reading an article a while back about how pot helps M.S. patients. Wish my job didn't drug test.
  • Cody Osborn   Jan 23, 2014 12:43 PM
    I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago . I feel as though toxins such as , but not limited to alcohol, caffeine and tobacco .Effect your CNS even more than people realize. Thinking back to my days before as to the effects of these three particular things and the effects seem intensified dramatically from personal experience.
  • Nettie   Jan 23, 2014 12:49 PM
    James...alcohol help my tremors also. Does anyone have the same effects?
  • Kelly   Jan 23, 2014 1:01 PM
    This does not hold true for me. Irish, grew up with parents owning two Irish pubs. I lived above one of them. I've done my fair share of drinking!
  • Nadine long   Jan 23, 2014 1:12 PM
    In my case I used to drink quite heavily in my late teens, early twenties. I settled down and became t-total for a number of years before being diagnosed. Whether this had an effect on my situation, I'll never know. It won't change anything if I did know! I wouldn't change any of my choices!
  • Cheri   Jan 23, 2014 1:19 PM
    Guess I didn't drink enough? I think this is BS
  • Jani   Jan 23, 2014 1:25 PM
    I was diagnosed with RRMS in 1993 and have never taken any MS meds except Provigil two or three times for extreme fatigue. The MS has progressed within the last 6 years. I have always consumed alcohol through my adult years (beer and wine) Recently I have noticed if I have more than one Vodka drink, I experience extreme weakness and lethargy and become overheated. My arms and legs are more uncooperative that if I had nothing or even three glasses of wine. For me personally, I have noticed the hard alcohol is damaging, but the wine and lighter alcoholic drinks are my primary pain killer and helps with the stress.
  • Linda Guest   Jan 23, 2014 1:39 PM
    I was a heavy drinker but it didt stop me getting ms. Im now spms but stable and a couple of drinks makez my walking better
  • Matthew   Jan 23, 2014 1:43 PM
    That is interesting... I didn't start really drinking until I was about 24ish; oddly enough that was the same time my first symptoms appeared... I would say the study is like many other medical studies: grasping at straws trying to find the answer.
  • Matthew   Jan 23, 2014 1:47 PM
    Oh, and when I do have a drink anymore, I find it does help with the symptoms. Just my own personal study...
  • WILACHO TORRES   Jan 23, 2014 1:56 PM
    I was just dx w/ MS. I'm fricking out. I'm 47 Years old, male. Tomorrow I will be seeing the Dr. neurologist for the first time . I like to drink my whisky in the weekends w/ the fam especially w/ my brothers, Son and nephews. We are all military. I have never seen any diff from normal to when I'm drinking. I hope I do not have to stop. but if it's to feel better . no problem. I'm new into this MS. LIKE I SAID: " I"M FRICKING OUT"
  • Denise   Jan 23, 2014 1:58 PM
    There is only one thing consistent with MS, in my opinion. I was diagnosed in 1989, and the one thing that I've seen is that MS is open to all types of quackery (for lack of a better word). One treatment may work for you, yet may not work for me. Or if it works for both of us; you may need treatment once a month, and I may need it once a week. Drinking may make someone with MS feel better, and another may feel really bad after drinking. I took part in a study at Columbia university back in 1990, for a new drug...that new drug was BOTOX. So in dealing with MS, I suggest you do what works for you. That's what I do, and I'm not on any meds. I found that certain foods affect my MS, more than anything else. Still, I find the discussions interesting.
  • Cassandra Kutner   Jan 23, 2014 1:59 PM
    Alcohol is evil!
  • JoAnne   Jan 23, 2014 2:05 PM
    I was diagnosed in 1987 and have now progressed to secondary progressive. I have had wine all my adult life. It definitely helps with my spasticity and relaxes me. I feel that MODERATION IS EVERYTHING! Enjoy a little. We with MS have so much more to worry about than a couple of glasses of wine at night. Just be safe. My neuro agrees.
  • stephanie   Jan 23, 2014 2:32 PM
    I used to drink a lot when I was going for the weekend to my hometown and then at the end i will just barf and the next day i will feel horrible, but I did not know that I have MS, and now when I drink I get drunk really easily and the next morning i feel so tired.
  • Frank   Jan 23, 2014 2:43 PM
    I generally have a few drinks after work before the weekend, it gives me energy I can get what would take me a whole day of cleaning done on a few hours!! You can do almost anything with a lil Captain in ya ;-)
  • Sam   Jan 23, 2014 2:43 PM
    I know that I used to be a very heavy drinker before I was diagnosed with MS. Obviously I still got it. I don't hardly drink at all anymore. I don't seem to function very well when I do. Anyway, I thought I would toss in my two cents, for what its worth. God Bless you all. I pray for better days ahead, I'm sure you do too.
  • Billy   Jan 23, 2014 4:23 PM
    Just remember about this article, correlation doesn't prove causation. Their is no real statistic yet that says in absolute terms drinking helps prevent MS. I was a heavy drinker in my early 20s, and I was diagnosed with MS as the age of 24. Do I think if someone drinks if they have MS is it horribly bad, no. Like many people have said, everyone with MS is different, just don't read to much into this, for now.
  • Lisa   Jan 23, 2014 6:04 PM
    I am the only one in m y family that does not drink. And also the only one with MS. And I come from a very large family! Guess I shouldn't have said no all those times! Should have been getting wasted at the bon fires with my friends and family!
  • Tracy   Jan 23, 2014 6:06 PM
    I think this may vary on the person and situation. I think it's very likely that since drinking tends to lower stress that this may help to reduce the chances of MS in this way and may help some peoples symptoms. Personally when I have numbness and I drink, It becomes worse. Though I haven't noticed it ever *causing* symptoms.
  • Llora Beth   Jan 23, 2014 6:43 PM
    Absolutely he,so me with my MS hug pain and spasms.
  • Llora Beth   Jan 23, 2014 6:43 PM
    Absolutely he,so me with my MS hug pain and spasms.
  • Em   Jan 23, 2014 7:37 PM
    Got MS in 99, still have r/r but since being on copaxone from 2004 have had no relapses. Drink often but moderately and do always feel better - both walking's easier, less pain than when sober.
  • Em   Jan 23, 2014 7:49 PM
    Tbf what do I know, I bet heroin would feel pretty good too. *2005
  • Sandy   Jan 23, 2014 8:30 PM
    My husband found out about his ms in2013 and he was a heavy drinker he got so bay 15 years ago but why did he have ms now he has Ppms and he is just getting worse
  • jani   Jan 23, 2014 9:12 PM
    Yes, it seems it's evident...MS is a mysterious disease- affecting each of us differently- drugs(meds)/no drugs. Alcohol /no alcohol. God bless us all. looking forward tole treatment with
  • jani   Jan 23, 2014 9:18 PM
    Yes, it seems it's evident...MS is a mysterious disease- affecting each of us differently- drugs(meds)/no drugs. Alcohol /no alcohol. God bless us all. looking forward to a treatment with little or no side effects. Our own stem cell therapy looks promising. Hope to see more about it
  • Pamela   Jan 23, 2014 9:56 PM
    Or could it be that those with vertigo hate that feeling and drinking mimics that sensation and so choose to avoid all alcohol?
  • Connie   Jan 23, 2014 9:56 PM
    I've had MS for 32 years now. All through the years I've only drank alcohol rarely. I've had a typical course of relapsing-remitting converting to secondary progressive about 12-13 yrs. ago. My advice is to have that occasional drink if you wish, maybe even more often for heart protection. Everything in moderation is good. Live life and enjoy.
  • Rachel   Jan 23, 2014 10:25 PM
    I'm not a drinker now was I before... And I have MS as well. I find it rather silly to think drinking would have kept it at bay. It's interesting to read this story. I know several people with MS that chose to drink, so there's that lol I say it's a good avenue to at least look at but for now I'll just smile and nod.
  • Ronda   Jan 23, 2014 10:53 PM
    I feel worse when I drink more than a couple drinks
  • Daniel   Jan 23, 2014 11:12 PM
    In my opinion, [alcohol] wine is a way to complete a good lunch or dinner, but never a medicine. Riding a bike is a good way to get some fun and to commute, but nothing to do with a healthy life style. Avoiding obesity (eating just what I need) is the way to enjoy food. In my mind, smoking is not related with any kind of pleasure, so I do not smoke. So, the idea is to enjoy life. To get drunk, to measure my physical performance or to weight me do not help me. That's all.
  • Shelley   Jan 23, 2014 11:20 PM
    I only had an occasional drink every once in a while, so nothing could be proven by me
  • andi   Jan 24, 2014 2:27 AM
    I was a heavy drinker an I still got ms.....
  • Karen   Jan 24, 2014 3:17 AM
    I've had MS for 10 yrs. I still drink and enjoy. Life is too short! I only take LDN, so no nasty meds to worry about mixing with alcohol. I drank pre MS too, but that clearly hasn't protected me!
  • Jennifer   Jan 24, 2014 6:12 AM
    Alcohol is a CNS depressant so it would make sense that it would help some symptoms. It definitely helps me. But then you have to wonder about it becoming a self medicating issue. However, with the medication I do take, how worse off can my liver get?
  • Heather   Jan 24, 2014 6:58 AM
    Too much alcohol is bad for anybody, MS or not. But if you have MS and you have balance problems, alcohol could make it worse. But I don't think we are talking about alcohol exacerbating symptoms, you are talking about it causing symptoms.
  • Cheryl   Jan 24, 2014 9:29 PM
    I drank heavy and every next day I felt worse. I think alcohol is bad for MS. It must be. It goes to your nervous system. I'm not a believer of this study. Don't drink and risk it.
  • Marsha Michaels   Jan 24, 2014 11:19 PM
    Once i was diagnosed with MS at 40, I stopped hard liquor, red meat and lots of dairy. My first system of optic neuritis was at 20. I am now 67 with a slow progression of ms until it became secondary progressive over a 40 year span. I drink wine daily and smoke marijuana. Everyone gets it differently. I find both dope and wine calm my nervous system. One must listen to their own body.
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    babydoll132266  Jan 25, 2014 8:10 AM
    I'm not a drinker...but for some reason have been wanting to try some wine..the problem is I can't find one that doesn't have that strong alcohol flavor any suggestion???
  • Cheryl   Jan 25, 2014 3:06 PM
    I was DX in 97. I worked and drank just like everyone else in my life. But I was a heavy whiskey drinker. When I wake up in the morning my face hands and arms always tingled. I didn't put it together. Then when I drank I couldn't walk. I mean not drunk just dead legs. So I quit drinking dec. 22 06 and I truly believe I made MS worse. I can only walk a tiny bit. Feeling guilty. I possibly made my MS worse. My thoughts are alcohol makes it worse. But maybe with moderation it's ok? Just wish I hadn't drank so much. I might not be so bad 17 years later...
  • Tammy   Jan 29, 2014 2:34 PM
    I don't drink very often but when I do, I finally forget this dang disease that has invaded my body for the last 23yrs!! I laugh, relax and in that moment feel less pain then in my normal daily life !!
  • daphnepoet  Feb 5, 2014 11:29 PM
    I would encourage all of you to thin twice before picking up that first drink or upping your current drinking in hopes of making MS better. I ave almost 25 years of continuous sobriety, but used to drink nearly a fifth of vodka a day. Interestingly, I come from a long line of alcoholics AND family with autoimmune diseases. I think both probably have some genetic component.
  • j   Feb 16, 2014 2:29 PM
    prayers for all involved, all in need, n His Will Be Done, He Is Able to Heal Lord Willin, However/Whenever He Wills check for natural solutions, medicine, faith healing, etc. but know tis Always He Above me/we that Gives Life/Salvation Lord Willin, Father Son Spirit Known/Shown

  • Mark Gommesen   Feb 24, 2014 1:34 PM
    It is time for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society to support the thousands of MS patients that use marijuana as medicine.
  • Laura   Mar 21, 2014 11:02 AM
    Since MS is auto-immune, I had my allergies tested. Finding: ethanol triggers my allergies and that is in alcohol That explained why one glass of wine triggered my symptoms. Gave alcohol up 30 years ago.
  • samanthaf2078  Aug 9, 2015 12:16 AM
    I was actually out drinking when my left hand stopped working. I couldn't button my pants after using the bathroom at a bar. People I thought I was drinker than I was. It was embarrassing. Needless to say, I don't drink anymore.
  • Melinda   Sep 25, 2015 8:58 PM
    I had my tx 1st week in April. For some reason, I feel worse than before, my labs are all messed up. My balance may be a little. I have made my sofa into my bed. I went for my checkup last Tuesday, he told me it can take up to 6-8 weeks to feel better, thank goodness my blood counts have started to get better. Have you heard anyone else with these problems before? I feel awful, any suggestions? I've already talked to my Dr. that is when he told to me last week. (he is a MS specialist.)
  • Gerri   Oct 9, 2015 12:12 PM
    I enjoy having a glass or two of wine or champagne. I believe it relaxes me. Consuming too much would have adverse effects - however, one or two doesn't appear to harm. Really depends on the person.
  • Tom   Nov 11, 2015 6:08 PM
    Just have to add my 2 cents here: I use to love to get buzzed or buzzed+. It stopped my shaking temporarily when it was a symptom. Increased other symptoms when buzzed, of course. That was when I was a "kid". Older now, I'm in pretty good shape, haven't drank for 15 years for no particular reason. I smoke a few cigs a day also, more in the past. My cousin has MS and she never smoked or drank. Go figure??
  • Shellyburnett67  Nov 12, 2015 11:45 PM
    Very interesting.,
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    melissabridges  Dec 13, 2015 2:03 PM
    I am Irish. I start my aubagio treatment this Friday. I don't drink during the week but on the weekend I do. I am very concerned about how this will effect my liver. I enjoy my relaxation time on the weekends. I was never a drinker until i was about 27, so it is still kind of new to me. Anyone else on aubagio have concerns such as mine?
  • jean catett   Jan 30, 2016 5:53 AM
    I was always a "bar girl" and now I can't drink at all. I don't know if it's the ms, the meds or both but I find it very unfair because now I have lots of bar time available! Every once in a while I'll crack open a Bud Lite in a bottle {of course} and it tastes soooo good. But one is usually all I can handle. So sad......
  • Debbie   Feb 25, 2016 2:09 AM
    In my opinion drinking is no good when you have ms
    It affects the nerves, having ms for 26 years this year I know a little about it
  • Marc   Jun 30, 2016 2:49 PM
    Looked this up as I am awaiting MRI's to confirm...or hopefully negate (wishful thinking I think),..... But I had what I think is my first attack, 2 months ago.. Have had changing symptoms ever since, but seem to be left with uncomfortable legs. However, met up with an old friend tonight, who unbeknown to me , his mum has had ms for 40 years and still manages to love her life , albeit with more distraction than she would want... Had a few drinks but as a result the undesirable feelings have gone... Maybe short lived but it is great... Can forget for a while.... Maybe...
  • Sean   Aug 15, 2016 7:28 AM
    If you look at the Wheldon thesis that MS is caused primarily by a serious systemic Chlamydia pneumoniae infection, then drinking alcohol would act something like an antibiotic, as it's cytotoxic, and may well inhibit the Cpn for a while, stop it spreading through your tissues, etc.

    I've Google drive keywords on this specifically as it was a suspicion, I have a friend with advanced MS I've encouraged to go on the Wheldon protocol, and she is improving, symptoms are remitting, unwinding the most recent disability, etc.
  • Lucy   Oct 19, 2016 9:16 PM
    I'm a long time female drinker of between 6 to 12 beers a night and I'm experiencing muscle pain in my upper top legs as well as croniq stiffness in my back neck. Feels like I've done a 3 hour work out and I haven't. Aggggggg!!!!,,
    Constant tiredness and depression. Not sure what's going on. I'm away from home so can't get fully diagnosed yet but would appreciate some feed back on what the problem might be. Scarry *****! HELP! PLEASE!
  • Keith   Oct 21, 2016 6:26 AM
    One hypothesis is that lesions are caused by poor blood flow in certain areas of the brain. When I drink my pain subsides and mood elevates, however my tremor gets worse. I've taken no medicine that helps.
  • Chris Clark   Jan 6, 2017 12:45 PM
    Thanks for the article on alcohol and ms . As a beer brewer who also suffers from rrms, I can confirm that research besides, drinking beer in moderation has a very positive effect on my ms. notably as it helps to reduce the anxiety and stress of the condition by reducing low mood. No doubt this is why healthy people enjoy alcohol in moderation. I prefer beer to steroids.
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  • Barbara   Dec 28, 2017 5:49 AM
    I like red wine at night for relaxation. I'm concerned that it wrests spacicity, but stress also causes spacicity in legs I think. Aqua aerobics seems to help. I just have to keep an even balance of all that!
  • Shandy Cales   Mar 4, 2018 6:47 PM
    I was diagnosed with MS in 1997. To comment on everyone's blog, I have three children and I have had two relapses. I have a beer every night.
  • Gail   Mar 12, 2018 9:10 AM
    Hello, I have been having tests to rule out MS. I go to a neurologist soon to have an MRI on my head. I am curious to know what kind of symptoms you were having and how you were diagnosed. I am trying to find out everything I can on MS. Thank you for your time and God Bless!