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should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

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Dr. Feras Abdul khalek
13 years experience Hematology and Oncology
See below : Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also people people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin b 12 and folic acid, and deficiencies from these can also cause macrocytic anemia. It's okay to have a drink now and then though.
Answered on Mar 1, 2018
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Maybe: If you are a heavy drinker, this is your wake up call. If not follow it with your physician.
Answered on Aug 6, 2014

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