Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?

Sometimes. Actually, low doses of alcohol (1-2 drinks/day in men, 1 drink/day in women), and especially if the drink is red wine, actually raises the good cholesterol. If the good cholesterol (HDL) goes way up, that can raise total cholesterol, but if the bad cholesterol (ldl) remains less than 180 or so, the overall effect on health is positive. Exercise and health eating is a better way raise hdl.
Alcohol. Alcohol will not raise your cholesterol but can affect your liver.
Mostly triglycerides. While modest amounts of alcohol are ok (1 drink per day for women and 1-2 drinks per day for men), larger quantities should not be consumed. These modest amounts of alcohol can raise HDL (good) cholesterol but these amounts, and certainly higher quantities, can raise the level of triglycerides. There is also a substantial caloric penalty with alcohol consumption so be careful. Best of luck!

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Is it true that alcohol can cause high cholesterol?

Unlikely. This is unlikely because alcohol tends to lower cholesterol levels when taken in moderation. Excessive use would "kill" the liver, the main site of cholesterol production, so if the liver is sick then there will be less cholesterol produced. It may, however, not hold true for people with genetic disorders of cholesterol metabolism, in whom cholesterol may remain elevated despite the above. Read more...
No. Alcohol in low doses (1 drink per day) can raise the good cholesterol (hdl), and sometimes social drinkers will have high total cholesterol because their good cholesterol is high. If the bad cholesterol (ldl) is ok (under 120 is recommended), there is no problem. Alcohol can and does raise free fat levels in blood (triglycerides) and this is not healthy for the heart or the rest of us. Read more...

What alcohol can you drink when you have high cholesterol?

Moderate. For a normal healthy individual, the allowed intake is 20 gms ( 14 beers) per week for a male and 14 gms ( 7 beers) per week for a female, approximately. As long as you keep drinking in moderation ( what ever type), even though you have high cholesterol, you will be ok. Read more...
Most kinds. Again, how much drinking are we talking about? Alcohol is high calorie, and heavy drinking increases weight in many people, which in turn increases bad cholesterol. Beer has lots of carbs, and some liqueurs (like kahlua) have cholesterol and fat. 1-2 drinks per day may not be harmful and may even raise our good cholesterol, but higher doses elevate blood pressure, bad for general health as well. Read more...

I have extremely high cholesterol. Which alcohol is the safest for me to drink?

Cholesterol. No alcohol is safe but not contraindicated. Red wines has some support for cholesterol lowering. Read more...
It depends. Total cholesterol doesn't tell me enough. If your LDL or HDL is very high, then alcohol has little impact (in reasonable amounts). If it is the triglycerides that are high, then all/any alcohol is likely a problem. However, you should really talk to a clinical lipidologist (special cholesterol dr.) for help, visit www.Lipid.Org and look for a board certified lipidologist near you. Read more...
Alcohol? If u want a good answer , none . Eat fruit , vegetable and exersize. Read more...
Best would be none. There is some evidence that modest use of alcohol (2 drinks/day in men, 1/d in women) may lower the bad cholesterol, higher amounts actually increase hypertension and many other problems. Some think that red wine, containing resveratrol, may be heart-healthier, but the evidence is controversial. In addition, alcohol may raise triglycerides, which together with cholesterol, may increase heart risk. Read more...

I am taking rosuvas for high cholesterol. Can I drink alcohol occasionally while taking this medicine.

Yes. Small amounts of alcohol (6-12 oz of wine daily for example) have been shown to be helpful and can raise HDL (good cholesterol). The French have known about this for ages ("the French Paradox"). Read more...