Does alcohol affect chemotherapy?

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Question from G Smith: I keep reading conflicting information regarding alcohol consumption during chemotherapy. Some say absolutely NO, and others say a small glass of wine on occasion is fine. So which is it, and can I have an occasional glass of wine during the holidays?
Answers - Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. I have not heard any evidence that alcohol is somehow detrimental to your chemotherapy regimen. I know many of the oncologists I work with would not disapprove of certainly a glass of wine, or even two on occasion during the evening.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Particularly if there are problems with nausea and appetite in general, the wine may serve as an appetite stimulant. But I have not heard that avoiding wine during chemotherapy should be standard practice.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Eating and Drinking Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about how to stay healthy during the most hectic, high-calorie time of year.

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