Drinking alcohol before FUE
Hi everyone, first post, great forum!
I'm interested in the fact some Docs seem to recommend not drinking alcohol 7-10 days before surgery, whereas others say 3 days is fine. Obviously the smart thing to do is exactly what your Doc says but I'm just curious as to how alcohol you've drunk over a week ago can affect your blood coagulation.
Alcohol burns off at a rate of .016 BAC (blood alcohol content) per hour, which is roughly equal to 1 standard drink. Therefore if your BAC is .20, about 2 and a half times the legal driving limit (ie drunk!), it will take 12.5 hours or so for the alcohol to leave your blood.
So what I'm interested in is how something you've drunk 7-10 days ago can affect your blood for an HT procedure. I understand that alcohol consumption can affect the platelets in one's blood which can in turn affect the coagulation (the problem for HTs), b ut this is something that happens more over time than as a result of one night's drinking. So is it physically possible for say, 3 glasses of wine you drunk a week ago to still be affecting your blood thickness 7 days later, despite the fact it's been out of your bloodstream for 4-5 days?
I may be being totally stupid here (very possible!) and missing a difference between there being alcohol actually present in your blood and any residual thinning effects it may leave behind, but I'd just like to know whether the 7-10 days thing is actually based on science, or is it just those particular Docs staying on the safe side with their advice?
Many thanks for any answers.