Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
137 Doctors are Online

Can alcohol addiction causes low WBC Count and haemoglobin count?

User rating for this question
Answered by

Practicing since : 2008
Answered : 2366 Questions
Hi! I have a slightly low WBC Count (4.0). Also slight Anemia (4.28). I believe this may have been brought on by alcohol use. How long without drinking will lead to those numbers improving? Thanks!
Posted Sat, 25 Jan 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 33 minutes later
Brief Answer: Need details of complete blood count... Detailed Answer: Dear sir, I would not be able to relate low hemoglobin and low WBC count to alcohol without looking at other blood markers. I would need to look into your whole CBC including MCH , MCV , MCHC and peripheral smear to establish the type of anemia, its relation to alcohol and the type of treatment needed. If you have your complete blood reports with you, please upload it here using the site's uploader. It would also be good to know the reasons why the test was done? And if you also have had your liver functions assessed. Looking forwards to your reply... Dr. Shruti
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Follow-up: Can alcohol addiction causes low WBC Count and haemoglobin count? 36 minutes later
Thanks for your response, Dr. XXXXXXX I am regularly tested for liver function for high cholesterol and it is always normal. Test was done for my yearly physical and because 6 monthe ago i tested as slightly anemic. B12 is 711 and iron is 91- both normal, ferretin was 107, but RBC was low. I do not have my MCH, MCV, and MCHC. When last tested, i had just gotten off of antibiotic for a sinus infection and was still feeling ill (that was 2 weeks ago). Thank you!
Answered by Dr. Shruti Rijhwani 3 hours later
Brief Answer: I would urge for further testing... Detailed Answer: Dear Sir, Thank you for your reply . Looking at your reports the anemia does not seem to be iron deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency related . Please get these tests done - MCH, MCV, and MCHC along with peripheral smear. Chronic alcoholism leads to depression of bone marrow due to its direct toxic effects and it would result in macrocytes in blood picture . You can proceed to consult a hematologist after getting the aforementioned preliminary test for further bone marrow evaluation . Till then it will be highly recommend to stop alcohol intake . Take care. Dr. Shruti
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Gastroenterologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor