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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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


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Can people with anemia drink alcohol?

Can people with anemia drink alcohol?

Provided you are. ..: Pursuing diagnosis and corrective measures for your anemia, alcohol consumption in moderation is unlikely to be a concern. Those who imbibe in excess, however, often have poor nutrition that can influence rbc production. The occasional adult beverage is likely to be just fine, but you should confirm this advice with your physician, who should be knowledgable about the cause and rx of your anemia. ...Read more

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I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

I'm feeling faint and have some symptoms of anemia I work out fequently my diet is not great and I drink alcohol everyday. Could these be a factor

Alcohol and anemia: Drinking alcohol everyday could irritate your stomach and lead to small amount of blood loss without you being aware. Have your doctor check out your iron count and complete blood count to see if you are iron deficient. Consider decreasing the alcohol intake. ...Read more

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Slightly yellow eye balls, especially mornings. Skin normal color doesn't drink alcohol. Prior history of borderline anemia. Green eyes. What can it be?

Slightly yellow eye balls, especially mornings. Skin normal color doesn't drink alcohol. Prior history of borderline anemia. Green eyes. What can it be?

Insufficient info: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion from the available information. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation, especially in the yellow color of the eyeballs is recent. Hemolytic anemia causing mild jaundice is one possibility. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if I have a folic acid deficiency anemia and have problems blacking out in the past with out alcohol consumption?

Can I drink alcohol if I have a folic acid deficiency anemia and have problems blacking out in the past with out alcohol consumption?

Nope: Clearly you have a serious problem with alcohol use disorder. Do your best to not use alcohol at all. Your anemia is one result of this problem, but in itself is not the main reason to continue to avoid alcohol. Avoidance will still be necessary if and when the anemia is gone. Continue to discuss with your doctor. Don't look to this or other forums for justirfications for coninuted drinking. ...Read more

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Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

See below: Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also people people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin b 12 and folic acid, and deficiencies from these can also cause macrocytic anemia. It's okay to have a drink now and then though. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol if you breastfeed?

Is it okay to drink alcohol if you breastfeed?

Not really, no: It's important to remember the baby will take in some or all of the substances you ingest, and alcohol damages brain cells as well as other tissues of the body. There is suggestion a small amount of alcohol won't cause a significant amount of harm, but that's asking how much micro damage are you willing to tolerate in your baby. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol if you're wearing a Holter monitor?

Can you drink alcohol if you're wearing a Holter monitor?

Asking the wrong?: Answer is Yes. You can drink alcohol when wearing a Holter. The question you should be asking is SHOULD you be drinking alcohol if you are wearing a holter.

1) If you are wearing a holter, the physician who ordered it is thinking you have an arrythmia. ALCOHOL is ARRYTHMOGENIC, so no. Unless #2
2) Now, if your doctor wants to see if Alcohol is causing your arrythmia that's a different story. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if you are neutropenic?

Yes: Alcohol in the blood stream has been shown to alter the function of neutrophils, and not in a beneficial fashion. If you already have an insufficient number of neutrophils and then render them handicapped your ability to fight infections will be hampered. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol if you are drinking pregabalin?

Is it ok to drink alcohol if you are drinking pregabalin?

Not a great idea: Likely to feel dizzy, drowsy, confused. Definitely avoid driving! It may be ok, but prepare for these effects. Best to be very moderate! ...Read more

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What happens when you drink alcohol if you have raynauds disease?

What happens when you drink alcohol if you have raynauds disease?

Don't know: Most patients don't say that it hleps. I don't recommend it as there re better treatments, but since alcohol is a vasodilator it might help a little. ...Read more

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Can you safely drink alcohol if you're taking 50 mg of trazodone?

Can you safely drink alcohol if you're taking 50 mg of trazodone?

Definitely, no: As with any tetracyclic antidepressant, never mix trazodone with alcohol, and always use it cautiously if you're taking other sedating medications. Ask your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol if you have internal bleeding, or will it cause everything to get worse?

Can you drink alcohol if you have internal bleeding, or will it cause everything to get worse?

Alcohol int bleeding: Alcohol use is one of main cause of stomach ulcer. Ulcer can bleed to death. Alcohol also lengthen the bleeding time (longer time to stop bleeding by longer time to coagulate). Stop drinking! If it cause ulcer, it then also cause irreparable damages in other organs systems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are on a zpac?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are on a zpac?

Hold off: I would hold off until you finish the meds. You were prescribed the z-pac for an infection. Drinking can suppress the immune system and you need it to be strong to fight the infection. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol if you use voltaren (diclofenac) emulgel?

Yes: This is not like taking voltaren (diclofenac) or another non steroidal by mouth, so should not be a problem. But remember to drink in moderation in any case. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are taking clindamycin? If so does the amount you drink make a difference?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are taking clindamycin? If so does the amount you drink make a difference?

Probably safe butttt: If you are on antibiotics, it is best not to be drinking while on the med and with an infection. Alcohol is a depressant and can affect the white cells via the bone marrow. One drink is not what I am referring to. It's just best to get well and then drink responsibly. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol if you have low iron?

Can you drink alcohol if you have low iron?

TryHeavn'sGrapeJuice: Well, it won't make you feel any stronger in the long run. Some say alcohol stores iron in the body but I don't think that is significant unless you are a lush (like several drinks a day for several years, like, you know, a flaming drunk)The bright side is that wine is made of grapes which contain a fair amount of iron (100gm=2%RDA) and wine has. 6mg/5oz=roughly 10%RDA. But there are better sources. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol if you have recently taken pain meds?

Can you drink alcohol if you have recently taken pain meds?

Seizure threshold: Both decrease seizure threshold and also decrease respiratory drive which may be the cause of death in majority of the headline news we read about so thank u for asking these qs and every one should read it again and again. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink alcohol if you have ulcerative colitis?

Is it bad to drink alcohol if you have ulcerative colitis?

YES: Ulcerative colitis has much to do with the brain/body relationship. For every message that goes from the brain to the bowel there are 9 messages that go from the bowel to the brain. Diet affecting brain function has an important part in the disease. ...Read more

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Can you still drink alcohol if you have raynauds disease & hemangiomas?

Can you still drink alcohol if you have raynauds disease & hemangiomas?

Yes and no: Look to your overall diet first. An occasional glass of wine may be beneficial but the distilled liquors are not. ...Read more

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Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

Should you drink alcohol if you have stage 4 colon cancer?

It's up to you: Your cancer is shortening your life. If you find alcohol enjoyable, and you would like to have some, I don't see a reason to deprive yourself. Just make sure your doctor knows and gives you some guidelines about how much is safe, as it could affect how your body metabolizes other medications you are taking. Drinking alcohol in moderation will not change your prognosis. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more