To drink or not to drink?
Drinkers often say that alcoholic beverages dilate blood vessels, even, they say, doctors recommend. Opponents of alcohol prove that it is impossible to drink at all, especially with thrombosis. As always, the truth is somewhere in the middle.
- Indeed, alcohol in small or moderate amounts dilutes the blood, reduces the risk of blood clots. But the main thing is moderation, and this is a very fine line, so doctors do not recommend drinking alcohol to protect against deep vein thrombosis," says James Beckerman, a cardiologist at the Heart and Vascular Institute from the USA.
How much to drink in milliliters?
The expert draws attention to the fact that the use of alcohol to prevent the formation of blood clots in the veins may depend on how much you pour into your glass. Therefore, alcohol consumption is always a painful issue for doctors, patients and their relatives.
When asked how much alcohol can be drunk to thin the blood and prevent blood clots, James Beckerman cites the results of a study that showed that compared to non-drinkers, those who drank more than 85 milliliters of alcohol per week had a twice higher risk of deep vein thrombosis.
Know the measure
He warns that alcohol becomes extremely dangerous when taking blood-thinning anticoagulants. The fact is that if the liver is loaded with alcohol, then it has no time to break down the medicine, which means that the level of the drug in the blood increases, which can lead to a risk of bleeding.
– If you suffer from thrombosis, then you can probably occasionally drink within the normal range, but you definitely need to talk to your doctor, - concluded James Beckerman.