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A 20-year-old female asked:

How long after i get my tongue pierced can i have an alcoholic drink?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Soon: After i perform tonsillectomies i generally tell my patients they caeat or drink whatever they want to.... You body (and your piercing, for that matter) will tell you if it is the right thing. There might be a little pain with some alcohol after the piercing, but i don't think it woud be that big of a deal to have a drink right after...
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Sleep Medicine 26 years experience
Don't do it : Tongue studs can damage your teeth and may be swallowed . I have seen patients who had this happen to them. The alcohol issue just depends on how long the area takes to heal as it may be sensitive while it's raw.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Give it a week: Wait about a week for the area to heal otherwise the alcohol will not only hurt when you drink it but impair healing. I am not a big fan of tongue piercings as I have seen multiple complications including life threatening infections and bleeding. I have also seen patients develop recurring throat infections and tonsillitis who never had it before getting their tongues pierced.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long should I not drink for after having my tongue pierced?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 37 years experience
10- 14 days: It take s 10 -14 days for your tongue to, heal, after piercing. So no alcohol , smoking, french kissing, hot or spicy foods during that time. Follow he cleaning instructions you were given. Be very careful. Tongue piercing can cause significant problems as long as you have it. They can chip and break your teeth and cause recession of your gums. Infections are always a concern.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can I drink aftr getting my tongue pierced?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Earl Sandroff
Dentistry 44 years experience
Water...at the least: Putting a hole in your tongue usually does not stop people from drinking. There is a safe waiting time regardless of what you wish to drink. But do drink at least water to keep hydrated. Ask the person piercing your tongue...If that is their vocation then they should be able to give you a solid answer you can believe.
Last updated Jul 22, 2017

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