"I have two instances of deep venous thrombosis (DVTs) in my leg and a Pulmonary Emboli (PE). I’m told by some that you can drink alcohol and some that you can't. Which is right?"
For those of you taking Coumadin (Warfarin) you know how changes in dietary intake can affect your INR. Everything, in moderation, IS ok and there is no exception with alcohol. While chronic abuse of alcohol affects the body's ability to handle Warfarin, occasional use does not. Patients on Warfarin therapy should avoid drinking alcohol on a daily basis but one to two drinks of alcohol occasionally is fine. As we all know, drinking alcohol heavily or on a daily basis with Warfarin is not a good idea as it can affect the metabolism of Warfarin AND can increase the risk of injury, and therefore bleeding.
- Dr O.