Does drinking alcohol increase your cholesterol?

No, not generally. If you are on fenofibrate, it means your triglycerides are high, and alcohol can raise these free fats very high and is dangerous for you. You are also on medication for bipolar disorder, and alcohol is dangerous for that as well, worsening the disorder and also interfering with the medications you are taking. Talk to your doctor about it. Low dose alcohol (1 drink/day) can raise good cholesterol.

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If I'm taking cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

No. unless you have other problems, like an inherited predisposition to very high triglyceride levels which can be markedly worsened by alcohol. The doctor who is prescribing your lipid-lowering medication is your best source of information, as well as the dispensing pharmacist. Safe limits of alcohol in women are 1 standard drink/day, no more than 7/week, and never more than 3 on one occasion. Read more...

I'm planning to take cholesterol lowering medication, do I have to quit all drinking (alcohol)?

Moderation. Alcohol should always be consumed in moderation. I am unaware of a specific recommendation to cease all alcoholic beverages with statin use. Read more...