It's best to discuss your alcohol intake with your MD to determine if there are side effects related to your specific medication. Here are some general guidelines:
If you have elevated triglycerides (>150 mg/dl), limit alcohol to no more than 1 drink per day. One drink equals 12 ounces beer, 4 oz wine, or 1 ½ ounces liquor. If your triglyceride level is high risk (great than 500 mg/dl) I recommend NO alcohol.
If triglycerides are not an issue alcohol may be beneficial in raisign HDL levels. I'm not a big advocate of using alcohol to raise HDL, but if you already consume alcohol, 1-2 drinks per day can raise levels. More than 1-2 drinks per day will increase your health problems. Red wine is a good choice.
All the best,
Lisa Nelson, RD
Diet to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
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