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Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

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Dr. DAVID AMOS answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

Alcohol: Alcohol will not raise your cholesterol but can affect your liver.

Answered 9/26/2012


Dr. Alan Wartenberg answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

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.

Answered 9/29/2014


Dr. Michael Shapiro answered

Specializes in Cardiology

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!

Answered 11/28/2017



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