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Question

Can I drink alcohol with ARVs?

I have started ART a month ago. Before that I used to drink alcohol quite often.

Since I started ART, I try to not drink. But, I still want to.

Can I drink alcohol?

Answer

Generally speaking, drinking is fine, as long as it is in moderation. There are no interactions between alcohol and ARVs.

Heavy drinking and hangovers, however, can lead to missed doses of your ARVs. This can cause your treatment to fail.

This means that if you have a drink, make sure you find a way to not miss any of your meds. Moderation and light social drinking is unlikely to affect your HIV treatment though, so if you enjoy this, it is fine.

With efavirenz, some people also say that their side effects get slightly worse, in particular feeling dizzy, so be cautious about this.

Also, if you have hepatitis or other liver complications, alcohol can make these worse and is often not recommended.


Information on this website is provided by treatment advocates and offered as a guide only. Decisions about your treatment should always be taken in consultation with your doctor.

12 comments

  1. Hi

    Bone marrow transplant costs more than $100,000 and maybe twice this, but it carries a very high risk of complications. It is a very serious operation that someone only has if they are very ill. This is not a routine operation to consider just to cure HIV.

    Also, only one person has so far been cured this way, and it is not really understood how this worked. It might have been because the donor had a rare protection against HIV, and this is even more difficult to find.

    In the last few days, two people who had a stem cell transplant, were reported not to have been cured. See this link.

    This is very early stages of research.

  2. How much does it cost to do a bone marrow transplant and does it realy cure HIV?

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