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A 34-year-old member asked:

Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

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Dr. DAVID AMOS
Family Medicine 52 years experience
Alcohol: Alcohol will not raise your cholesterol but can affect your liver.
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Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks commented
Family Medicine 46 years experience
and the most common medications used to treat high cholesterol all work in the liver
Jul 22, 2012
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Sometimes: Actually, low doses of alcohol (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women), and especially if the drink is red wine, actually raises the good cholesterol. If the good cholesterol (HDL) goes way up, that can raise total cholesterol, but if the bad cholesterol (ldl) remains less than 180 or so, the overall effect on health is positive. Exercise and health eating is a better way raise hdl.
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Dr. Michael Shapiro
Cardiology 23 years experience
Mostly triglycerides: While modest amounts of alcohol are ok (1 drink per day for women and 1-2 drinks per day for men), larger quantities should not be consumed. These modest amounts of alcohol can raise HDL (good) cholesterol but these amounts, and certainly higher quantities, can raise the level of triglycerides. There is also a substantial caloric penalty with alcohol consumption so be careful. Best of luck!
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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is it true that alcohol can cause high cholesterol?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Unlikely: This is unlikely because alcohol tends to lower cholesterol levels when taken in moderation. Excessive use would "kill" the liver, the main site of cholesterol production, so if the liver is sick then there will be less cholesterol produced. It may, however, not hold true for people with genetic disorders of cholesterol metabolism, in whom cholesterol may remain elevated despite the above.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What alcohol can you drink when you have high cholesterol?

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Dr. Mahaveer Mukkamalla
Specializes in Family Medicine
Moderate: For a normal healthy individual, the allowed intake is 20 gms ( 14 beers) per week for a male and 14 gms ( 7 beers) per week for a female, approximately. As long as you keep drinking in moderation ( what ever type), even though you have high cholesterol, you will be ok.
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A 49-year-old female asked:

I have extremely high cholesterol. Which alcohol is the safest for me to drink ?

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Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Cholesterol: No alcohol is safe but not contraindicated. Red wines has some support for cholesterol lowering.
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