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PozInOrlando
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Alcohol Consumption and HIV+
      #268242 - 10/17/12 04:56 PM

I like to drink. Not a lot or to excess, usually 2 beers after work to relax and when I go out, I'll do a couple shots with buddies but I wont drink to the point of total inebriation or to the point where I cannot drive. I've actually become quite good at knowing my limits

Is it true that once I start meds I won't be able to drink ever again?

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      #268259 - 10/17/12 06:47 PM

You shouldn't . Not only for the sake of your meds to work properly but for the sake of your already taxed liver that is doing its best with the meds. But if you REALLY got to stick with just a beer and try to keep it to just one every feww days, if thats the best you can do to help stick with it.

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      #269328 - 11/29/12 11:58 AM

you will still be able to drink once you start meds. but drink in moderation, of course.

and a key thing to remember, don't skip your meds just because you're drinking.

this is from a recent study on alcohol and medications:

"There are many who hold the belief, not only those with HIV infection but those with other chronic diseases, that if they mix their medications with alcohol it creates a toxic poison that is harmful. ... However, there is no evidence that mixing alcohol [with antiretroviral medications] increases the harm of the alcohol itself," Dr. Kalichman said.

"Of course, if you have HIV infection and liver disease, that is an entirely different scenario. You should definitely not drink alcohol if you have liver disease," he said. ...

Dr. Kalichman noted that misinformed beliefs can be easily corrected. "Doctors can tell their patients that it is not a good idea to drink if you are taking medications because you can miss doses, but don't skip your medications just because you are drinking. When it comes to these antiretroviral medications, the harm of missing the medications is greater than the harm of drinking with medications," Dr. Kalichman said.

but also keep in mind what our expert Dr. Fawcett writes:

"It is generally recognized that someone on HIV medications can safely take one drink of alcohol per day. People with HIV, however, are at higher risk for addictive disorders and caution should be used."



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      #270982 - 03/06/13 10:24 AM

Don't take beer, wine, and alcohol products.
It can increase the risk of hepatitis, HIV+, heart stroke.
Avoid it for the healthy and long life.


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      #271100 - 03/12/13 07:54 PM

Very good and informtive response Bartley.There have beena couple of occasions where I was at a function where there was drinking . And I think it triggered my addictive behavior more than I thought it would. That in itself could have deadly reactions.

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      #272145 - 05/22/13 01:11 AM

Drinking does not effect your meds. It's only a danger for two reasons: 1
1. Getting drunk and forgetting to take your pill before bed
2. The extra stress on the liver

So... no, you shouldn't. But you shouldn't eat fast food either, etc etc etc. All in moderation.

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