Will drinking alcohol affect blood test results?

Yes for some tests. Also it will depend on for what length of time and how much you are drinking. A blood alcohol level will show alcohol content of blood recently consumed. But a complete blood count will have indicators of changes in red blood cells as a result of chronic alcohol use. Chronic alcohol use: ggt, liver function tests, vitamin b12, folic acid, thiamine levels can be affected.

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Will drinking alcohol the day before a blood test impact the results?

Depends. Depending on which tests you're having and how much alcohol you drank, the results may be affected. This is especially true if you are having liver function tests done. Alcohol is also a diuretic and may lead to dehydration. This may impact other tests as well. Of course, if the test is for the presence of alcohol, you will likely be positive. Read more...

How can drinking alcohol the night before a blood test for Accutane affect the results?

See below. Alcohol can raise your liver enzymes, making blood liver function tests falsely elevated. You should avoid alcohol while on Accutane anyway, as it can produce a disulfiram-like reaction (massive nausea/vomiting, stomach aches/cramping, etc.). Read more...

How long do you wait after drinking alcohol before having a full blood test?

Depends on the. Test concerned. Blood alcohol will dissipate in about 24 hours or less. Other changes in blood components, e.g. Carbohydrate deficient transferrin may be abnormal for up to two weeks, particularly after drinking for a few days. Ggt and other liver enzymes may be elevated, even after one drinking episode, for 2-3 days. Read more...