Can I Drink Alcohol If I Have Mono?
en español: ¿Puedo beber alcohol si tengo la mononucleosis?
My girlfriend has mono and now I'm feeling the same symptoms. I haven't seen a doctor yet, but I'm wondering if I can still drink alcohol if I think I might have mono. If I can't, why not?
Drinking alcohol comes with plenty of health risks as it is. But it's especially important for anyone who has mono — or thinks they might — not to drink. That's because mono and alcohol each affect the liver. A person who has mono and drinks could end up with liver damage.
Because you're having symptoms, see a doctor or visit student health right away. And skip the alcohol until you do. If you do have mono, you'll need to avoid alcohol for a few months, even after you start feeling better.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
Date reviewed: January 2020