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how long should you stop drinking alcohol before a blood test

A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Grindstaff
37 years experience Addiction Medicine
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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
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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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
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
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's common. Tell your physician you were partying. If the enzymes are high, they'll be repeated after a time off alcohol.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience Pathology
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 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Maples
17 years experience Pharmacology
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rowena Desailly-chanson
26 years experience Neurology
Probably not: I think not directly.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes: Drinking the night before will affect liver enzyme levels and depending on the amount dehydration induced, can affect other lab results too.

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