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Is it ok to have a drink while recovering from a concussion?

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Abeed Hirji (Certified Vestibular Therapist) blog author

Abeed Hirji (Certified Vestibular Therapist)


Occupational Therapist

Thursday, Jul. 8, 2021
a group of friend's enjoying a drink outdoors

With warmer weather upon us and restrictions loosening across the country, many people who are still recovering from concussions are wondering if having one drink with friends or family may slow down their recovery.

A few studies have shown that most people initially abstain from indulging in an alcoholic beverage following a concussion, and there’s a good reason for it.

Research indicates that consuming alcohol while recovering from a concussion has the potential to worsen existing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, headache, and blurred vision.

If any of these symptoms get worse, you could be risking further injury by falling or getting into an accident.

In addition, alcohol use can limit the extent of recovery by prolonging inflammation and disrupting communication between brain cells.

To ensure that a recovery is healthy and goes as planned, it is best that the brain is able to heal in the cleanest environment possible.

Indulging in activities that can potentially impede healing or further aggravate an existing injury, should be avoided. 

Lastly, it is always wise to discuss your concerns and determine appropriate activities during a recovery with a concussion specialist or physician.

If you’re interested in learning more about concussion care at Lifemark, visit our concussion care services page.

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