Does drinking alcohol thin your blood and if so, how?

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    Your lighter period is a coincidence. By the time alcohol hits your bloodstream it’s not alcohol anymore, but a bunch of toxic metabolites that whiz around and give you the “drunk” feeling. It can’t thin out your blood. Drinking *heavily* is a bad idea if you want to get pregnant (or at all, but that’s another story). But an occasional cocktail is fine.

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  • Yes and No… As alcohol first enters your blood stream, the first drink or two, your blood will be slightly thinner (lower blood pressure) but that is only due to the fact that your body will instantly begin to fight the presence of alcohol. In order for your body to remove the alcohol which is actually a poison to your body, it must carry it out with water. As the water level in your body drops as you urinate and breath it out, your blood pressure will elevate as you blood will thicken.

    Have you ever wondered why your head hurts and your mouth is dry after drinking a lot of alcohol the night before? You body is drawing very heavily on it’s water stores from all of your tissues to flush the alcohol. Your blood thickens with the loss of water, your blood is not as efficient at carrying oxygen to the brain and other parts of the body.

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  • Chronic alcohol use could have an effect on your liver.

    The liver effects the thinning of the blood. If the liver malfunctions the blood could become thinner. There might be other connections between alcohol and the blood thinness. Discuss this with your primary care doctor.

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  • The answer to your question is yes, alcohol can act like a “blood thinner.” But keep reading- this can be both an good and a bad thing.

    Alcohol Can Act as a ‘Blood Thinner’

    From ACER News Release

    Even Moderate Amounts Can Thin Blood

    Researchers have confirmed that drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol can affect blood coagulation — acting as a “blood thinner” — which can have both positive and negative health effects.

    Population studies have shown that moderate drinkers tend to have lower rates of heart disease but higher rates of bleeding-type strokes than abstainers. A potential mediator of these two contrasting effects of alcohol may be platelet function.

    A study in the October 2005 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research confirms that moderate drinking has effects on blood coagulation – primarily as a “blood thinner” – which can have both positive and negative effects.

    “The contrasting effects of alcohol are similar to the effects of blood thinners like aspirin, which clearly prevent heart attacks but at the expense of some additional bleeding strokes,” said Kenneth J.

    Mukamal, an internist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and corresponding author for the study. “Acting as a blood thinner makes sense, because heart attacks are caused by blood clots that form in clogged arteries, and blood thinners can hasten bleeding from injured arteries. Based on these findings, we speculated that moderate drinking would also act as a blood thinner.”

    Mukamal added that previous research had shown that moderate drinkers tend to have “less sticky” platelets than abstainers, meaning that fewer blood elements cluster to form blood clots. “Yet no one before had looked at whether alcohol affects how easily platelets are activated,” he said. “This is important because activated platelets are much stickier than normal ones.”

    In 1971, a total of 5,124 men and women enrolled in the Framingham Offspring Study of risk factors for cardiovascular disease – the sons and daughters of participants in the original Framingham Heart Study. Participants have been examined and interviewed every four years since 1971, except for an eight-year interval between the first and second visits.

    Potential Blood Thinner

    This study uses data collected from 3,798 of those participants, examined between April 1, 1991 and March 1, 1994 (the fifth examination cycle), eventually analyzing data provided by a total of 1,037 participants (460 men and 577 women) for platelet activation and 2,013 participants (879 men and 1,134 women) for platelet aggregation.

    “We found that among both men and women, an intake of three to six drinks per week or more was linked to lower levels of stickiness measured by aggregability,” said Mukamal. “Among the men, we also found that alcohol intake was linked to lower levels of platelet activation. Together, these findings … identify moderate drinking as a potential blood thinner.” Mukamal added that the minor differences found between the men and women were more likely due to statistical issues than to any clear gender differences.

    Risk Factors for Vascular Disease

    “Our findings add to a large body of evidence showing that moderate drinking has effects on blood coagulation, which may have both good and bad effects, but now identify a new avenue by which this effect may occur,” said Mukamal. “By themselves, these findings have more importance for understanding risk factors for vascular disease than any clinical relevance, and should not be used by people as any reason to begin drinking.”

    The next step for Mukamal and his colleagues is to evaluate these findings in other populations. “Heart attacks far outnumber bleeding-type strokes in the United States,” he said, “but in some countries such as Japan, they have much higher rates of bleeding strokes and lower rates of heart attacks than we do, which is perhaps related to dietary differences.”

    Created: October 14, 2005

  • I’m not sure but i know it’s not good for you!!! I have a BAD knee and i have been drinking beer (like 3 or 4 every evening) and my knee started hurting REAL bad. Last night i didn’t drink andmy knee feels a little better this morning. So it’s definitely not good on your bones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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