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Is it safe to drink alcohol while on antibiotics?

Published on, 22 January, 2024. Answered by Dr. D. Naga Satishbabu Doguparthy and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I was diagnosed with strep yesterday, and I started taking antibiotics and steroids last night. I'm feeling much better this morning. I have a formal event tonight, and I'm considering drinking alcohol. Is it okay to continue taking my medications, or should I skip them for today?


Answered by Dr. D. Naga Satishbabu Doguparthy


Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Avoid Alcohol with Antibiotics:

Refrain from consuming alcohol while on antibiotics.


Metabolism Duration:

Alcohol may take up to 48 hours to completely metabolize in the liver.


Interaction Risks:

Potential Interaction:

There is a risk of interaction between alcohol and antibiotics.

Prioritize Health:

It is recommended to prioritize your health and abstain from alcohol until you complete the antibiotic course.




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