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Sip Tip: Alcohol + Tylenol

Recently reports have come out about the risks associated with Tylenol use.  The active ingredient in Tylenol is acetaminophen which is processed by the liver.  Since alcohol is also processed by the liver- when we combine the two, it can put a lot of stress on the liver.  This could ultimately lead to liver damage or liver failure.  If someone has been drinking and wants to take a pain reliever, Ibuprofen is recommended to reduce the risks to the liver.

Interestingly, a new study has come out about similar negative effects that combining alcohol and Tylenol can have on not only the liver, but the kidneys.  Just another reason to avoid taking these two things together and also being mindful of the dosages (for both, really).

Of course, the best way to avoid the risks associated with alcohol use and Tylenol is to reduce your use.  That can be by keeping the amount of Tylenol used to a minimum or by choosing not to drink or to stay in the blue zone if someone chooses to drink.  Safer choices will yield healthier organs.