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Can drinking alcohol cause bruising?

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If you often drink a lot of alcohol and you tend to bruise easily, it could mean you have liver problems.

The liver makes proteins that your blood needs to clot. So if isn't doing its job, you may bleed or bruise more easily. You might have a condition called cirrhosis. This is a serious illness, so see your doctor.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Bruising Hands and Arms."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Bruises."

Go Ask Alice: "Unexplained Bruises."

Mayo Clinic: "Easy Bruising: Common as You Age."

Merck Manual: "Bruising and Bleeding," "Purpura Simplex."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

OrthoInfo: "Muscle Contusion (Bruise)."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 15, 2020

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Signs and Symptoms of Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Bruising Hands and Arms."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Bruises."

Go Ask Alice: "Unexplained Bruises."

Mayo Clinic: "Easy Bruising: Common as You Age."

Merck Manual: "Bruising and Bleeding," "Purpura Simplex."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Cirrhosis."

OrthoInfo: "Muscle Contusion (Bruise)."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 15, 2020

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