I have been drinking every (actually nearly every) weekend, since the age of 16-17, i am now 36.
I drink only once a week and i drink a LOT, but allways only beer -my guess is 15-20 on a night.
Funny thing is i have allways been "medium cf-severity" my fev1's has been between 40-50 for the last 15 years, and i require IV's quite often. However nearly all of my non-drinking (at least not as heavy drinking as me) cf-colleagues have died over the years. Only thing i do, and have been doing, that they dont/ did'nt, is the huge weekly alcohol consumption. Otherwise treatment is alike.
I am not sure, and we will probalbly never know, how alcohol affects us patients. Ethcially you can not get a lot of patients drunk in a double blinded study. My theory is that alcohol has severe impact on the water/salt balance in the cells, and namely the salt balance in the cell's is a problem with cf - maybe theres a link here. My bacterias (Pseudomonas) have allways been very sensible towards antibiotics (again contrary to my fellow non-drinking cf-patiens) -i bellieve it's possible theres a link here to...-How is your (i dont know the correct english word - i know sensibility is not the correct one) bacterias "numbers" towards IV (if you do IV's)?
Finaly theres a new study /theory that the basal defect in cf is GSH levels inside the cells. I can tell from Goog'ling that alcohol lowers the GSH inside the cells...
Pick a theory and keep enjoing yourself in the weekends ;)
Post Edited (JanV) : 11/2/2006 12:51:54 PM (GMT-7)