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How long should you stop drinking alcohol before a blood test

A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
Addiction Medicine 38 years experience
Unknown: although most alcohol is metabolized at an average rate of 1oz of alcohol per hour it depends on how much and when you last drank.

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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Are you asking...: ...whether your blood count dropped by 0.5, or that your total white count is 0.5 (a much more serious issue)? Also, alcohol can affect bone marrow fu... Read More
Dr. Frank Kuitems
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
No: A significantly low white count would not be expected a day or two after drinking alcohol. Prolonged heavy drinking for years can cause an effect on t... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: It's common. Tell your physician you were partying. If the enzymes are high, they'll be repeated after a time off alcohol.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
Pathology 33 years experience
Depends: Depending on which tests you're having and how much alcohol you drank, the results may be affected. This is especially true if you are having liver f... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Maples
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See below: Alcohol can raise your liver enzymes, making blood liver function tests falsely elevated. You should avoid alcohol while on Accutane anyway, as it can... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Drinking the night before will affect liver enzyme levels and depending on the amount dehydration induced, can affect other lab results too.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on the test: Blood itself will be clear of alcohol after about 24 hours, but other markers of alcohol use may persist for up to 10 days.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Evan Altman
Psychiatry 19 years experience
Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consum... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No alcohol: Alcohol is a poison that never did anybody any good, ever, so stay away from it. It may or may not affect your lab results, but I can say for certain ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on the: Test concerned. Blood alcohol will dissipate in about 24 hours or less. Other changes in blood components, e.g. Carbohydrate deficient transferrin may... Read More

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