This question is for a friend of mine who in the last couple of months has started avonex injections once weekly. He has not been drinking, smoking etc., has been very careful of his diet. The question is whether he would be able to have a cold beer on a hot afternoon. We're not talking about drinking daily or in excess, but just being able to have one drink once in awhile. He has asked his doctor and the MS association and they haven't given him a straight answer. Any advice?
I haven't heard anything or wasn't told anything against having a drink once in awhile. I've been on Avonex since Oct 2004 and have had a beer or a glass of wine on occasion. I don't think it would hurt him.
I asked my doc about drinking alcohol when I started Avonex in December, he told me that occasional drinking is fine, as long as it's not like a whole bottle in one sitting. The main concern with alcohol is that it affects your liver, and Avonex is also hard on the liver, so moderation is important.