July 3, 2022

Can You Drink Alcohol When You’re …?

Antibiotics

Headaches, flushing, dizziness and vomiting can all be caused by alcohol. If you take linezolid or Doxycycline, they might not work as expected. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor before you drink. Different combinations may result in different side effects. However, most antibiotics don’t seem to be affected by alcohol. Be aware that alcohol can reduce your immune response, making it more difficult for your body to fight infection.

Taking Antidepressants

Drinking alcohol while taking antidepressants could make the symptoms worse. You might also experience side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness and slow reactions. Before you consume alcohol, talk to your doctor. If your doctor says you can have alcohol, start slowly and watch how you react to it.

How to manage high blood pressure

Your blood pressure can be raised by regular or heavy drinking. If you have already high blood pressure, this is bad news. You can reverse most of this effect in weeks by cutting back or quitting altogether. Talk to your doctor if you are a heavy drinker and suggest that you ease off gradually. Your blood pressure might spike for several days if you quit too quickly.

Taking Nonprescription Painkillers

Acetaminophen and aspirin are the most popular. A little alcohol should not be a problem if you are otherwise healthy and take them occasionally. Drinking can lead to stomach, kidney, and liver problems.

You are trying to get pregnant.

Some women find it difficult to get pregnant even if they drink lightly. Heavy drinking can disrupt your period and lead to ovulation problems. Dads-to-be should avoid alcohol. It can reduce sex drive, lower sperm quality, or cause impotence.

How to Recover from a Concussion

As your brain heals, it becomes more sensitive. Even light drinking can slow down your recovery and cause disruptions in your sleep, learning, sexual function, and sleep. A brain injury can make alcohol more harmful for some people. This means that you can get drunker and may cause further harm.

Fertility Treatment

Treatments like IVF (in vitro fertilization) and GIFT(gamete intrafallopian transfusion) can lower your pregnancy chances. A successful pregnancy is also less likely if you drink alcohol. It doesn’t require much. One study found that women who drank four or fewer drinks per week had lower success rates in conceiving. The rate fell even further when both parents consumed four drinks per week.

Pregnant

Your baby’s brain absorbs alcohol differently from how you drink it. This can lead to various mental and physical congenital disabilities, known collectively as fetal alcohol spectrum diseases. Scientists aren’t sure what level of alcohol is safe to give your baby. If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, stop drinking alcohol.

Recovery from a Stroke

Alcohol can interfere with medication that prevents another stroke. One example is warfarin, which is a blood thinner. Stroke can also make it more difficult to detect alcohol’s effects, such as problems with balance and sleep or slurred speech. For the first few weeks after a hemorrhagic stroke, you should not drink alcohol. Ask your doctor when you can drink again.

Breastfeeding

Alcohol enters breast milk in the same amount as it does into your bloodstream when you drink. A small amount can cause sleep problems, mental development and growth issues for your baby. Wait at least two to three hours after you have had one drink before breastfeeding. Each drink increases the amount of alcohol in your milk. Three drinks can linger in your milk for 6-8 hours. Each additional drink (glasses of wine, beer or a shot of liquor) will take 2 to 3 hours.

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