How to Use Alcohol to Treat a Cold
There is no real cure for the normal cold, but there are remedies you can use to temporarily relieve the symptoms. In particular, hot punches are a common home treatment for this type of disorder; even a hot tea with a little alcohol can soothe a cold. However, you must be careful not to drink too much alcohol when you are ill, as they can cause dehydration and increase the discomfort.Mix Alcohol and Lemon
1) Prepare a hot punch.
It is a popular remedy for colds; pour 30 ml of whiskey into a cup, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey and the juice of 3 slices of lemon; dilute with 250 ml of boiling water and mix to mix the ingredients; stuff 8-10 cloves in the lemon slices and drop them in the cup.
Honey and lemon have antibacterial properties and can reduce infection due to bacteria, which usually develop in the area after having contracted a common cold (viral infection); it is quite normal for a secondary bacterial infection to spread after a typical cold.
2) Make a tonic with honey, ginger, lemon and add some whiskey.
Peel a piece of about 2.5 cm of ginger root and chop it; add 250 ml of water, in addition to the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of honey. Bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan and pour it into a cup, filtering it through a strainer; add 30 ml of whiskey and mix. Drink it while it’s still warm.
3) Prepare a cough syrup with bourbon.
If you have a sore or a sore throat and sore, this recipe is great for relieving discomfort. Pour 60 ml of bourbon and the juice of half a lemon (about 60 ml) in a cup; put it in the microwave oven and turn it on for 45 seconds. Add a tablespoon of honey, mix and heat the mixture for another 45 seconds. Drink this “syrup” for a cough while it is still hot.
If you want to get a less concentrated version, add 60-120 ml of water.
Do not drink more than a portion, otherwise, you could irritate the throat and nose, potentially aggravating congestion.
4) Try an Irish punch.
Mix the peel of 6 lemons with 12 tablespoons of sugar (150 g), wait one or two hours and then add 250 ml of boiling water; mix the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Filter the solution, add 750 ml of whiskey and then pour another litre of water. Sprinkle the surface with a little nutmeg and insert 6 thin slices of lemon each with 4 cloves; drink the mixture until it is hot.
5) Make a hot tea today.
There is also this variant of the traditional hot punch. To start, boil 250 ml of water and add a pinch of ground ginger, 3 cloves, a cinnamon stick and 2 bags of green or orange tea; leave the ingredients in infusion for 5 minutes and then remove the sachets.
Heat the solution again in the microwave oven for a minute, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 of lemon juice.
Pour 30-60 ml of whiskey into the cup, mix with a spoon and drink the drink while it is hot.
6) Prepare a herbal tea with berries and rum.
A blend of aromatic hot alcohol and herbal tea can help treat colds. Infuse a forest tea in 180 ml of boiling water for two or three minutes; remove the sachet, add 45 ml of white rum, half a tablespoon of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. Mix the ingredients well and garnish with a lemon curl or its rind.
7) Try a chai with whiskey.
It is a tasty drink that combines traditional chai tea with a little alcohol. To start mix 16 cloves of powder with a teaspoon of ginger, 8 pods of cardamom powder (without seeds), 20 grains ground black pepper, a pinch of nutmeg and two chopped cinnamon sticks. Take a medium-sized pot and simmer a litre of whole milk; add the spices and let the various ingredients blend together for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, filter the mixture and put it back in the pot.
Add 90ml of whiskey and mix carefully.
Drink your alcoholic chai tea until it’s hot.
8) Drink in moderation.
Siping alcohol to treat colds cannot replace modern medicine or rest; if you drink too much alcohol, you can cause liver damage in the long run, as well as aggravate the symptoms of the disease, such as congestion, sore throat and cough. You can only implement these remedies occasionally.
9) Be aware that alcohol can weaken your immune system.
If you exaggerate, the body’s defences lose the ability to fight microorganisms and you can get sick more easily. When you fight a virus, your immune system is weaker than usual; this means that if you drink alcohol when you’re not well, the healing process can slow down.
10) Keep in mind that alcohol dehydrates.
When you’re sick, you need to keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids to soothe a sore throat and congestion. Some fluids, such as alcohol and caffeine, create the opposite effect by exacerbating the typical cold symptoms.
11) Check to see if the medications you are taking are compatible with alcoholic beverages.
Many medicines used to treat colds can cause adverse reactions when combined with alcohol; you may experience dizziness, drowsiness, fainting, headache, nausea and vomiting. Check the instructions for use that accompany the drug before drinking alcohol and read the leaflet carefully. The most common medications for this malaise that should not be taken concurrently with alcohol are:
-Ibuprofen (Moment, Brufen);
-Cough syrups (Robitussin);
12) Do not treat colds with alcohol if you suffer from asthma.
Asthmatics can suffer from a respiratory crisis triggered by the common cold; one study found that some additives in alcohol can exacerbate this problem. Try other remedies for the normal cold that does not include alcohol, so stay safe.
An exception is represented by pure ethanol, which can have some therapeutic effects in the treatment of asthma.