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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Alcohol intake

Drinking alcohol affects your body’s ability to fight infection, stop bleeding and heal wounds/ prevent wound breakdown.  It is therefore very important to cut down or stop drinking before surgery.  Stopping for just 2 weeks pre-operatively will improve your body’s response to surgery.  Stopping for a month will allow time for your heart to recover if drinking 3 or more alcoholic drinks a day. 

If you have ever felt that you should:

  1. Cut down on your drinking
  2. Been annoyed by people criticising your drinking
  3. Felt bad or guilty about your drinking and/or
  4. Had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or help with a hangover

Please ask for help from the pre-op team or your GP. You can find more information by following the 'Effects of alcohol' link to the left of this page.