12 doctors weighed in:

Can drinking alchohol and smoking cigarettes cause varicose veins?

12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tracy Berg
Surgery
8 doctors agree

In brief: Poor health habits

Nicotine addiction and alcohol are not part of a healthy lifestyle.
Over time they increase risk for serious health issues; heart attack, cancer and stroke. Varicose veins are not a serious health issue and they are treatable. Coughing, straining and pelvic pressure (pregnancy) can blow these valves. Be well, focus on healthy habits.

In brief: Poor health habits

Nicotine addiction and alcohol are not part of a healthy lifestyle.
Over time they increase risk for serious health issues; heart attack, cancer and stroke. Varicose veins are not a serious health issue and they are treatable. Coughing, straining and pelvic pressure (pregnancy) can blow these valves. Be well, focus on healthy habits.
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Not specifically

Standing, deep or superficial venous thrombosis, family tendency, obesity and sedentary, and pregnancy are more specific! cancers of esophagus and lungs are more specific to alcohol and smoking.

In brief: Not specifically

Standing, deep or superficial venous thrombosis, family tendency, obesity and sedentary, and pregnancy are more specific! cancers of esophagus and lungs are more specific to alcohol and smoking.
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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not specifically

Varicose veins are a failure of venous valves, and are not directly affected by smoking or drinking.
Familial tendencies play a role, and being overweight also contributes. A history of blood clots can also lead to varicose veins. Of course, etoh should be used in moderation, and i suggest you try to stop smoking cigarettes altogether. Good luck

In brief: Not specifically

Varicose veins are a failure of venous valves, and are not directly affected by smoking or drinking.
Familial tendencies play a role, and being overweight also contributes. A history of blood clots can also lead to varicose veins. Of course, etoh should be used in moderation, and i suggest you try to stop smoking cigarettes altogether. Good luck
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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology

In brief: VV and smoking

There is no association between the formation of varicose veins and drinking and smoking.
There is an indirect relationship between drinking causing liver damage which will then cause the veins in the liver to back up resulting in esophageal varicose but these are not leg varicose veins.

In brief: VV and smoking

There is no association between the formation of varicose veins and drinking and smoking.
There is an indirect relationship between drinking causing liver damage which will then cause the veins in the liver to back up resulting in esophageal varicose but these are not leg varicose veins.
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