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Can You Drink Alcohol Before A Blood Test
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
I'm going to a party next monday but have a fasting blood test at 9:50 am the next day. Can I still go to the party and drink alcohol?
You may have to...: ...deal with the consequences (insurance, work, recommendation for further testing, medical uncertainty) if your next-day lab results prove abnormal. It's your decision whether to take that chance and enjoy alcohol at your party, or reduce the risk and enjoy a non-alcoholic beverage instead. ...Read more
Best not to: It may skew some results.Get a more detailed answer ›
Blood alcohol: If your blood test is for routine general check-up, your liver function tests might be elevated, so I suggest you refrain from drinking for several days...But again this depends on how heavy was your drinking before the test because you may have to abstain longer.. ...Read more
My sgpt blood test is 102, I don't drink alcohol, is there any medicine to decrease spgt results?
No: However, further work up is indicated.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm getting blood drawn in the morning but I drink alcohol last night blood test for my medicine that I take?
My friend is getting a blood test for HIV or a vaginal infection tomorrow but wants too drink alcohol tonight, will that effect the results?
Heavy/moderate drinker for 1 year. 2 Blood test show slight elevated total bilirubin of 28. Ultrasound normal. Is this due to alcohol consumption?
Unlikely: Transaminases (SGOT/AST, SGPT/ALT) rise well before the bilirubin. Several percent of folks always have mildly elevated indirect bilirubin from Gilbert's non-disease. Cholestasis from meds, low-grade hemolysis from marathon running can raise bilirubin. I'm worried about heavy drinking at age 22 rather than labs. This is a path that leads to a bad life and early, miserable death. Can we help? ...Read more
Diagnosed with high sgpt level in blood report. I never drink alcohol, cigrette or any tobacco. Feeling weakness and fatigue. How to overcome it?
Depends: Depending on which tests you're having and how much alcohol you drank, the results may be affected. This is especially true if you are having liver function tests done. Alcohol is also a diuretic and may lead to dehydration. This may impact other tests as well. Of course, if the test is for the presence of alcohol, you will likely be positive. ...Read more
Hi. Can drinking alcohol around 48-72 hrs before a blood test show low white blood count only by 0.5. Thanks.?
Depends on the: Test concerned. Blood alcohol will dissipate in about 24 hours or less. Other changes in blood components, e.g. Carbohydrate deficient transferrin may be abnormal for up to two weeks, particularly after drinking for a few days. Ggt and other liver enzymes may be elevated, even after one drinking episode, for 2-3 days. ...Read more
I drink quite heavily and I'm due for a alcohol blood test in two weeks time. How long will it take for it to be clear on test?
Depends/ metabolism: In the average individual, 1/2 of the existing ethanol will be out of the system in about 1/2 hour, but this is effected both by loading (continuing to drink) & the livers ability to metabolize the product. If your liver cannot remove the product as fast, it stays longer. Abstaining for at least a day should clear most, but longer may be needed. ...Read more
Yes for some tests: Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected. ...Read more
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