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Can You Drink Alcohol with Kidney Disease

Provided by Expert Yang Hongtao on : 2014-02-07 11:05

Can You Drink Alcohol with Kidney DiseaseCan you drink alcohol with kidney disease? Alcohol is one drink that affects many kidney patients’ heart. In some cases, these patients can still drink a little alcohol, while in some other cases, they need to stay away from alcohol completely. Today, follow me to find out whether you can drink it.

If you are in early stage kidney disease, you can still drink appropriate amount of alcohol.

In our body, liver is responsible for decomposing alcohol rather than kidneys, and then the by-product is discharged out of the body via urine. For this reason, if you still have high kidney function level and don’t have any other complications, you can still consume correct amount of alcohol in some days.

However, if your kidneys are damaged seriously or you have the following problems, alcohol will be bad for you. In that condition, try your best to quit alcohol.

1. If you have high blood pressure, try to avoid alcohol.

Long-term drinking is more likely to cause liver cirrhosis, worsen high blood pressure and induce some cardiovascular diseases. For people with kidney disease, high blood pressure is one factor that may accelerate their illness progression, while cardiovascular disease is the most common death cause.

2. If you have Polycystic Kidney Disease, try to avoid alcohol.

Different from other kidney diseases, polycystic kidney disease is characterized by numerous cysts developing in kidneys. Some kidney experts claim that alcohol is able to stimulate kidney cysts to grow quickly, so PKD patients had better stay away from this drink.

3. If your kidney disease combined with heart disease, try to avoid alcohol.

Heart disease is one common complication of kidney disease. Alcohol is one drink that can lead to aggravation of heart disease. In this case, quiting alcohol is a must for your safety.

4. If you have edema, try to limit the alcohol intake

Edema is one symptom of kidney disease especially nephrotic syndrome and advanced kidney disease. Alcohol may aggravate patients’ edema by increasing fluid retention.

The above is some information that talks about whether kidney disease patients can drink alcohol or not. If you still have something unclear or you want to know how much alcohol you can drink, leave us a message to kidney-healthy@hotmail.com. We will answer you timely for free.


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