How Long After Surgery Can I Drink Red Wine?


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This is dependent on the type of surgery you have had. The concern, however, with alcohol is that it is a blood thinner. Anything that causes bleeding may make it easier for you to dislodge the blood clot resulting in a very painful dry socket.
Also, depending on how much you drink, you may do things that you normally wouldn't do and forgetting about properly caring for your surgical sites. You will also have to remember not to take anything else that may thin the blood, such as aspirin or other blood thinners or even garlic! Also avoid sucking through a straw or smoking, as well as liquids that may be too hot (the heat expands the blood vessels, again causing bleeding). Some oozing will be normal but if the sockets do start bleeding, moisten a tea bag and gently bite on that for about 10 minutes. The tannic acid in the tea is a natural blood constrictor and should stop the bleeding.

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