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A 49-year-old female asked:

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

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
It depends: Total cholesterol doesn't tell me enough. If your LDL or HDL is very high, then alcohol has little impact (in reasonable amounts). If it is the triglycerides that are high, then all/any alcohol is likely a problem. However, you should really talk to a clinical lipidologist (special cholesterol dr.) for help, visit www.Lipid.Org and look for a board certified lipidologist near you.
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Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 50 years experience
Alcohol?: If u want a good answer , none . Eat fruit , vegetable and exersize.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
Best would be none: There is some evidence that modest use of alcohol (2 drinks/day in men, 1/d in women) may lower the bad cholesterol, higher amounts actually increase hypertension and many other problems. Some think that red wine, containing resveratrol, may be heart-healthier, but the evidence is controversial. In addition, alcohol may raise triglycerides, which together with cholesterol, may increase heart risk.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

What alcohol can you drink when you have high cholesterol?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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 34-year-old member asked:

Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
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
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