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Does alcohol affect your white blood count?

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Does alcohol affect your white blood count?


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A low white blood cell (WBC) count is called leukopenia. Frequent causes of leukopenia include medications (like chemotherapy), radiation therapy, immune system disease, cancers, HIV/AIDS, hypothyroidism, or severe vitamin deficiencies. See also:
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Your question is in regards to alcohol consumption and WBC count. Light to moderate consumption of alcohol should not affect WBCs. Alcoholism, when there is liver damage, can cause a low WBC due to the vitamin deficiencies and low protein that accompanies this condition. So, unless you are drinking to excess, your low WBC count is from another cause. I would recommend you see a hematologist for a full work up to find out why your count is low.


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