Before I was diagnosed, I went out and bought a bunch of seasonal pumpkin beers to try. I haven't had any alcohol since the end of September, as I've been trying to be good about my eating habits and intake. That said, how does alcohol affect platelet counts? I know that binge drinking is a horrible idea, given alcohol does affect platelets, your blood thins, and falling down isn't the best idea. But how about a beer or two? I'm asking because I have a football tailgate this weekend. I had planned on going completely sober, and just drink water and maybe a soda or two, but given my stash of pumpkin beer, I was thinking I could take one or two of them to the game. Is this a bad idea? I'm a little worried about it since my next blood test is Monday, and the last thing I want is for my counts to drop as a result of my drinking, which in turn could affect my next course of treatments. Is it alcohol abuse that affects counts or can any amount?
Is it best to wait until you have ITP under control? Or make sure your counts are high? Or can having a beer or two every so often be okay? Or have most people with ITP given up alcohol completely?