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Can alcoholism cause you to have pernicious anemia?
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Dr. Edward Gold
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Alcoholics usually do not take in adequate amounts of Folic Acid which can lead to megaloblastic anemia.
B12 deficiency is less common but possible as well.

In brief: Yes
Alcoholics usually do not take in adequate amounts of Folic Acid which can lead to megaloblastic anemia.
B12 deficiency is less common but possible as well.
Dr. Edward Gold
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
In brief: No
PA is an autoimmune disorder in which the stomach fails to produce "intrinsic factor" resulting in very low Vit.
B12. Alcoholism may be associated with various nutritional deficiencies by other mechanisms. Pernicious anemia is a specific condition not related to alcohol.

In brief: No
PA is an autoimmune disorder in which the stomach fails to produce "intrinsic factor" resulting in very low Vit.
B12. Alcoholism may be associated with various nutritional deficiencies by other mechanisms. Pernicious anemia is a specific condition not related to alcohol.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Dr. Kevin Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
In brief: Yes
Malnourishment, as can be the case with some alcoholics who have very poor diets, can result in vitamin b-12 deficiencies which contribute to pernicious anemia.
Alcohol, bu itself can lead to different forms of blood count abnormalities as well, such as low white blood cell counts and low platelet counts. Also, thiamine deficiencies can cause irreversible brain damage called wermicke- korsakoff.

In brief: Yes
Malnourishment, as can be the case with some alcoholics who have very poor diets, can result in vitamin b-12 deficiencies which contribute to pernicious anemia.
Alcohol, bu itself can lead to different forms of blood count abnormalities as well, such as low white blood cell counts and low platelet counts. Also, thiamine deficiencies can cause irreversible brain damage called wermicke- korsakoff.
Dr. Kevin Passer
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