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Doctor insights on: If You Are Taking Blood Thiners Can You Drink Alcohol

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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 you drink alcohol before a blood test?

Can you drink alcohol before a blood test?

Not a good idea: Alcohol intake will affect some lab results and may make interpretation of the results problematic. ...Read more

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If you drink alcohol the day before a blood test will it show up?

If you drink alcohol the day before a blood test will it show up?

It may: Depending on how much alcohol is consumed and which test is performed. Different methods for testing alcohol wi have different sensitivities and different levels of detection. ...Read more

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Im 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?

Im 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

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Could I drink alcohol when on blood thinners?

Not wise: Blood thinners can be affected by alcohol and mostly if liver injury can cause blood thinners to be sronger and put at risk for bleeding. Also trauma etc which can cause undue bleed from this. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol before i fast for a blood test?

Liver Function: The alcohol you drink could possibly affect the results of your liver function tests. ...Read more