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Q: How much wine/liqour can you drink if you take a pill for lowering cholesterol?

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Lisa Nelson, Health Pro
1/12/09 4:59pm

Hi Daphne,

 

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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By daphne, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/17/10, First Published: 01/08/09