’Tis the season for toasts, whether to friends and family, holidays past
The evidence isn’t just anecdotal or
For people with inheritable blood and bleeding disorders, though, holiday drinks come with risks their fellow
At minimum, “drinking alcohol is similar to taking aspirin,” according to the
That heightens the potential for dangerous bleeding from even small cuts and bruises caused by simple mishaps such as tripping on a dark walkway or bumping into a table.
Additionally, mixing alcohol with inheritable blood and bleeding disorders medications can lead to unknown, and potentially serious, health effects. For people with long-term diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV, alcohol can exacerbate liver damage, Steps for Living says.
The risks grow even higher with binge drinking — more than about five drinks at a time for men and four drinks at a time for women — which also surges during the winter holiday season.
Bingeing is the most common
If you have an inheritable blood and bleeding disorder and
- Decide how much you’re going to drink in advance. If you know
the amount ofalcohol that tends tomake you feel sick or behaveirresponsibly, plan to drink less and keep track.
- Remember that
some drinks are much stronger than others: 12 ounces of beer contains about the same amount of alcohol as 5ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of liquor.
- Keep in mind that you don’t have to drink any alcohol; consider soft drinks or mocktails.
- Drink slowly and have a glass of water
aftereach alcoholic beverage. Make sure to eat, since food slows your body’s alcohol absorption.
- Plan for how you’ll get home before you start drinking. Travel with a designated driver or plan
to takepublic transportation, a taxi ,or acar service.
- Remember that mixing alcohol with medications, whether they’re prescribed by a doctor or over the counter, can be dangerous. Talk with your health care provider or a pharmacist to find out more beforehand.
- Keep in mind that alcohol inhibits coordination, making self-infusion more difficult. It’s also a diuretic, causing your body to lose water and making veins more difficult to find in an emergency.
- Tell the people you’re with that you have a bleeding disorder so they’ll know you may need treatment if you have an accident. Wear a medical ID such as a MedicAlert bracelet.