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Would excess alcohol cause iron levels in the body to increase?

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In brief: Usually not.

In fact, between alcoholic gastritis and malnutrition, many alcoholics are anemic.

In brief: Usually not.

In fact, between alcoholic gastritis and malnutrition, many alcoholics are anemic.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

Alcohol is highly associated with iron accumulation as one product of its toxicity on the liver. Biopsies of people with alcoholic liver disease almost always show an increase in iron accumulation, although rarely to the levels seen in hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease that causes iron accumulation and damage in the liver and other organs.
If you had a biopsy with increased iron, get help.

In brief: Yes

Alcohol is highly associated with iron accumulation as one product of its toxicity on the liver. Biopsies of people with alcoholic liver disease almost always show an increase in iron accumulation, although rarely to the levels seen in hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease that causes iron accumulation and damage in the liver and other organs.
If you had a biopsy with increased iron, get help.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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