I would like your opinion about drinking red wine and...

People's Pharmacy

August 27, 1996|By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

I would like your opinion about drinking red wine and taking aspirin. I always thought they were both good for your heart. I used to take a baby aspirin (81 milligrams) at breakfast and a glass of port around dinner. When I read that aspirin doesn't mix well with alcohol I stopped it. Was that the right thing to do?

You are correct that both aspirin and wine have been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks. The problem with combining aspirin and alcohol is that together they may be more irritating to the stomach lining.

That caution usually applies to people who pop a standard aspirin dose (650 milligrams) to prevent a hangover.

There are several things in your favor, though. You take a low dose of aspirin early in the day with food, and the wine you drink is at dinner. That decreases your risk of stomach irritation or ulceration.

Even though the danger is small, we would want you to check in with your physician. No one should undertake a lifelong aspirin regimen without some medical supervision.

Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Dr. Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist and nutrition expert.

Pub Date: 8/27/96

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