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I had my spleen removed after a sports injury, can I still consume alcohol?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Yes

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, there are no restrictions from drinking alcohol or special dietary requirements following surgical removal of a spleen (splenectomy).
People who have had their spleen removed are at increased risk of bacterial infection. The risk of infection is much higher among children than adults. The risk also appears to decline with time, but for a few years at the least, and until late adolescence for children, taking precautions against bacterial infections would be wise. This includes getting pneumonia vaccines and flu shots. People without spleens should try to keep their immune systems as healthy and strong as possible. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and getting plenty of rest will all help the immune system. With this in mind, limiting alcohol consumption as part of an overall healthy lifestyle strategy is a good idea, but typically, no added restrictions are issued after a splenectomy.

In brief: Yes

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, there are no restrictions from drinking alcohol or special dietary requirements following surgical removal of a spleen (splenectomy).
People who have had their spleen removed are at increased risk of bacterial infection. The risk of infection is much higher among children than adults. The risk also appears to decline with time, but for a few years at the least, and until late adolescence for children, taking precautions against bacterial infections would be wise. This includes getting pneumonia vaccines and flu shots. People without spleens should try to keep their immune systems as healthy and strong as possible. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, reducing stress and getting plenty of rest will all help the immune system. With this in mind, limiting alcohol consumption as part of an overall healthy lifestyle strategy is a good idea, but typically, no added restrictions are issued after a splenectomy.
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Yes

As i always say in these threads, how much alcohol are we talkin' about? Social use of alcohol (1-2 drinks per day, never more than 4 at one time) will not cause harm. When your spleen is out, you are more susceptible to certain infections (there are vaccines for them you should get).
Alcohol in higher doses suppresses immunity and may increase the chance of getting those infections.

In brief: Yes

As i always say in these threads, how much alcohol are we talkin' about? Social use of alcohol (1-2 drinks per day, never more than 4 at one time) will not cause harm. When your spleen is out, you are more susceptible to certain infections (there are vaccines for them you should get).
Alcohol in higher doses suppresses immunity and may increase the chance of getting those infections.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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