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Can I Drink Alcohol With When Starting HIV Meds

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Choosing Alcohol Over HIV Meds? New Study Examines Why People With HIV Skip Treatment When Drinking

Half of HIV-positive individuals who are on treatment and drink alcohol skip taking their HIV medications on purpose, under the erroneous belief that mixing antiretrovirals and alcohol is harmful, according to a prospective study presented at the... Read more »

When I Started HIV Meds: Step by Step on a Difficult Road

Lillibeth Gonzalez I was diagnosed with HIV in July 1992. Before starting HIV treatment, my T cells were 868 and I was in great shape, but I was angry at myself for trusting my husband and not wearing protection. I thought I was going to die,... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

How You Can Recognize Signs that You May be Abusing Alcohol

If you are like many Americans, you may drink alcohol occasionally. Or, like others, you may drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a more regular basis. If you are a woman or someone over the age of 65, this means that you have no more than one drink... Read more »
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Clarify what amount of alcohol: Re: I'm not on meds...can I take alcohol?

Hi Doc, I like your answer regarding alcohol, however, I find some people don't realize how much a glass of wine is (4ozs) or what constitutes a liquor drink (1oz) of hard liquor in, let's say, a summertime cocktail. I have learned to...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
The amount of alcohol is basically the same in each of the following types of drinks: a 12 ounce beer, a 5 ounce glass of wine, or a 1.5 ounce cocktail. I don't follow your reasoning about two glasses of wine, no matter how they are poured,... Read more »

HIV and drinking (asymptomatic or on meds)

Hi Nelson,As a heavy drinker, I am aware of the effects alcohol has on the body of healthy (HIV negative) people. I used to get the sniffles, diarhea in the mornings, and noticed colds develop after drinking for 12 hours straight, then having to...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
In an article published by Reuters Health on April 26, 2001 it was reported that, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2001, researchers from the University of Miami presented their findings on the impact of heavy... Read more »

What's an optimum duration between taking your meds and having a drink?

I understand that no or low alcohol with HIV meds is the desirable choice. My partner is starting meds in a week and he is at best a social drinker - with a beer or a single drink to last an evening and he uses no other substances. If he wanted to...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
The literature shows that occasional drinking of alcohol (one drink per day) doesn't appear to be harmful to someone with HIV, although alcohol is a powerful drug and caution is always advised. He should check with his physician about... Read more »

Alcoholic Binge Drinking

Hi, My question relates to binge drinking and being HIV+. After a big night and sometimes into the morning (hello 6am), I'm finding it takes a lot longer to recover from a binge session. I also feel body aches and pains for days - in particular...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Your body is sending you a strong message to cut back on alcohol! There are many physical reasons not to binge drink, including risk of brain damage, GI problems, cardiovascular problems, etc., etc. Specific to what you write, binge drinking can... Read more »
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Posted by Anonymous, 6 Replies
So first of all, I know this is a question for my doc, but thought I'd at least get a perspective on here from the people that actualy feel what I feel. I began taking meds several months ago and have been gliding smoothly along. I am a very social... Read more »

HIV and drinking

Posted by Anonymous, 5 Replies
I am so depressed and am drinking large amounts of alcohol. I am at wits end and also have severe back pain.
Is it true that alcohol speeds HIV to AIDS?? Read more »

Alcohol and HIV

Posted by wonderbread, 2 Replies
Hey all! I have been posative for about twenty months now. I am not taking any med yet but was wondering about alcohol. Some time I like to come home and a few beer after work or with friends on friday night but have been noticing that over the last... Read more »

Alcohol Consumption and HIV+

Posted by PozInOrlando, 4 Replies
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... Read more »