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Can alcohol cause high cholesterol?
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Dr. DAVID AMOS
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Alcohol
Alcohol will not raise your cholesterol but can affect your liver.

In brief: Alcohol
Alcohol will not raise your cholesterol but can affect your liver.
Dr. DAVID AMOS
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Dr. John Weeks
and the most common medications used to treat high cholesterol all work in the liver
Dr. Michael Shapiro
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Michael Shapiro
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