Jun 8, 2013
I was recently diagnosed with HIV a couple of months ago. I've been hesitant consuming alcohol for the fear that it would cause some negative impact on my HIV medication; however my Dr. informed that it was okay to drink alcohol moderately even though I'm on HIV meds. my question to you is...Are there certain types of alcohol that I should stay away from? Are there certain mix drinks I should stay from. through a friend I was told that Vodka is best to drink for those with HIV; however it should only be mixed with fresh lemon or lime??
Response from Dr. Wohl
I applaud your interest in doing what is best for your health. Moderate alcohol intake (0 to 1 drinks a day) is fine for those without liver problems. There is no benefit or harm of one type of alcohol over another so beware of crazy vodka advocates.
A standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in: 12-ounces of beer. 8-ounces of malt liquor. 5-ounces of wine. 1.5-ounces or a "shot" of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, or whiskey).
I would not advise more than a drink a day or binge drinking as that can cause harm.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.